Rus­sian He­li­copters be­gins cer­ti­fi­ca­tion tests on Mi-38

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Rus­sian He­li­copters (part of State Cor­po­ra­tion Rostec) has launched the fi­nal stage of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion test­ing on the Mi-38 multi-role he­li­copter. Test­ing is be­ing car­ried out on two pro­to­type mod­els of the he­li­copter fit­ted with Rus­sian TV7-117V en­gines.

On Novem­ber 3, 2014, Rus­sian He­li­copters’ Mil Moscow He­li­copter Plant re­ceived the fourth pro­to­type of the Mi-38 in or­der to con­tinue cer­ti­fi­ca­tion flight-test­ing. The he­li­copter is built at Kazan He­li­copters, also a Rus­sian He­li­copters company. On Oc­to­ber 20, 2014, it suc­cess­fully com­pleted a se­ries of hover tests and low-speed ground runs, after which it was trans­ported over­land to the Mil Moscow He­li­copter Plant.

For fur­ther flight-tests, the fourth Mi-38 pro­to­type will be fit­ted with the full suite of on­board data ac­qui­si­tion sys­tems. Start­ing flight tests on the forth pro­to­type boosts progress to­wards the Mi-38’s cer­ti­fi­ca­tion— which is sched­uled for 2015.

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