Russian Helicopters Mi-38 civilian helicopter will make its international debut at the Dubai Airshow from 17-21 November 2019. The helicopter, featuring a luxury cabin, will be showcased at the static exposition, and will also take part in the flight program.
The civilian version of the first serial Mi-38 helicopter was introduced at MAKS-2019 Moscow Airshow in August, where it was demonstrated to the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The engines of the Mi-38 are located behind the main rotor transmission, instead of their traditional forward placement, which reduces aerodynamic resistance and the noise level in the cockpit, as well as increased the rotorcraft safety.
The flight range of the transport version of the new Mi-38 helicopter is up to 1,000 kilometers (with additional fuel tanks). With its maximum takeoff weight of 15.6 tonnes, the helicopter can carry 5 tons of payload on board or on an external sling.
Another novelty of the Dubai Airshow will be the light Ansat helicopter, which, following its European debut in Le Bourget, will be introduced to the Middle East. The corporate version of the rotorcraft will also take part in the flight program of the show. In this configuration, the helicopter can comfortably transport up to 5 passengers.
“Dubai Airshow will be the first foreign site for us to demonstrate our latest Mi-38, so we say that we are making the world premiere of this rotorcraft, as well as the debut of Ansat in the Middle East,” said Director General of Russian Helicopters holding company, Andrey Boginsky. “The UAE sees the rapid development of its urban mobility sector, therefore, in addition to flight models, at our booth, we will present the VRT300 UAV, and a model of a light single-engine VRT500 helicopter will be showcased at our joint exposition with Tawazun, an Emirati Holding Company. It is no secret that UAE investors are interested in joining the project, and we expect to take the first actual steps in this area during the exhibition.”
The Light VRT500 helicopter and VRT300 UAV were developed by VR-Technologies Design Bureau and feature coaxial rotors, which ensure their high side wind resistance and small dimensions making them suitable for use in urban areas.
The VRT500 features the largest passenger/cargo cabin in its class, with a total seating capacity of up to 5 people. The flight and technical parameters of the helicopter will allow it to speed up to 250 km/h, have a flight range of up to 860 km and carry on board up to 730 kg of payload.
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