Kazan Helicopters of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) has started to assemble the first prototype of the Mi-38T helicopter within the framework of the implementation of obligations under the contract concluded with the Russian ministry of defence (MoD) in July 2017.
In accordance with the terms of the contract, the Russian Helicopters holding will supply two Mi-38T to the Russian MoD in the framework of implementing the government defence contract before the end of 2019. The Mi-38T helicopter is a military version of the Mi-38, which is developed by JSC Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.
These helicopters will be used for conducting joint flight tests for compliance with the requirements of the armed forces. According to their results, further purchases of the Mi-38T for the needs of VKS will be planned within the framework of the state armament programme in 2018-2025.
“The start of the Mi-38T serial for the Russian MoD is a significant step for the Kazan helicopter plant and Russian Helicopters as a whole. We managed to launch the production of the latest machine, which is unique in the history of the Russian helicopter industry. We expect that the Mi-38 will be in demand in Russia and abroad, as operators often encounter situations that require high load capacity and thrust of the helicopter,” said Andrey Boginsky, CEO, Russian Helicopters holding.
The Mi-38T, the assembly of which is carried out on the production capacities of Kazan Helicopters, differs from the basic certified Mi-38 helicopter on a number of parameters and the composition of the equipment. The assembled machine will be composed of aggregates and components manufactured exclusively in Russia.