The Russian armed forces are to receive the first Mil Mi-38T transport helicopters next year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 December.
Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Alexei Krivoruchko said during a demonstration of the Mi-38T at Kazan production plant that deliveries of the first two helicopters to operational units will commence in the third quarter of 2019.
The Mi-38T is the latest derivative of the Mi-8/17 ‘Hip’ helicopter. It features all the enhancements of the baseline Mi-38, plus some additional improvements. The Mi-38 enhancements comprise fly-by-wire controls, a ‘glass’ cockpit, weather/navigation radar, autopilot, autohover and automatic landing, automatic navigation system, composite main and rotor blades, and Klimov TV7-117 turboshaft engines.
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