Russian Defense Ministry plans purchasing fifteen Mi-38 helicopters

Russian defence chiefs have revealed plans to purchase 15 Mi-38 helicopters before 2020.

The comments by Deputy Minister Yuri Borisov at the MAKS 2017 international aerospace show in Moscow follow earlier reports of the Russian Defence Ministry signing an agreement with Russian Helicopters for two additional models in 2018 and 2019.

The Mi-38 medium-lift helicopter combines technology employed in the Mi-8, commonly used for military and commercial operations, and the Mi-26. It has a capacity for airlifting people and cargoes and can also be used in search and rescue operations and in flights over the water surface.

Earlier this month, Russian Helicopters announced it had delivered two Mil Mi-8ATMSh-VA medium multi-role helicopters, intended for use in the Arctic, to the Russian Defence Ministry ahead of schedule.

The Arctic modification is based on the Mi-8AMTSh-V variant, which differs from the other models in the Mi-8 range by boasting more powerful Klimov VK-2500-03 turboshaft engines.

Enhanced cabin insulation and heating system for the powerplants and transmission means the Mi-8AMTSh-VA can operate at -60°C, with an extended range of 1,400 kilometres due to the relatively low number of bases in the north of the country.

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