Russia’s Defense Ministry receives second Mi-38T helicopter

Russia’s Defense Ministry has received the second Mil Mi-38T helicopter from Russian Helicopters Group, the group’s press office said.

Russias Defense Ministry receives second Mi 38T helicopterThe Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopter is a derivative of the certified civilian Mi-38 rotorcraft. The helicopter has been re-equipped for accomplishing troop landing and transport missions. The Mi-38T design features an option of re-equipping it into the medical evacuation version and installing extra fuel tanks to extend its flight range  (Picture source: Air Recognition)

Russian Helicopters Group is a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation.

"Russian Helicopters Group has delivered a Mi-38T helicopter to Russia’s Defense Ministry. The rotorcraft was manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant. It is the second helicopter of the type delivered to the Defense Ministry under the state defense procurement program," the press office said.

According to the press office, the helicopter passed all the trials specified in the state contract.

On November 23, 2018, a Mi-38T prototype performed its maiden flight. In May 2019, the serial-produced helicopter was shown to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Kazan. In June, it was unveiled at the Army 2019 forum.

The Mi-38T derives from the Mi-38 civilian helicopter. It can airlift up to 40 paratroopers. The rotorcraft can be re-equipped into a medical evacuation option and have additional fuel tanks to increase the flight range.

The helicopter has a maximum speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). The Mi-38T transport version is planned to serve as a basis for specialized helicopters, including an Arctic version.

Russias Defense Ministry receives second Mi 38T helicopter 02 Mi-38T in flight during MAKS-2019 (Picture source: Air Recognition)

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