Moscow / 21 March 2013 – Records set in 2012 by the second prototype of the Mi-38 helicopter have been officially registered as world records by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (International Aeronautical Federation, FAI). It was verified and officially confirmed that five world records were set in 2012 by the Mi-38 prototype.
On August 26, 2012, during the 14th World Helicopter Championship test pilots from the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant (part of Russian Helicopters) set three world records with the Mi-38 in the E1h class (the FAI category for helicopters weighing 10,000 to 20,000 kg).
The first record was for altitude – flying to an elevation of 8,620 meters without a payload. The second record was for climbing speed – reaching a height of 3,000 meters in 6 minutes. The third record was also for climbing speed – reaching a height of 6,000 meters in 10 minutes and 52 second.
Shortly following this, on September 10, 2012, at the testing center of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant another two world records were set: the altitude record for flying with a 1000 kg payload (7,895 meters) and altitude record for flying with a 2,000 kg payload (7,020 meters).
The world records set on the new multipurpose Mi-38 transport and passenger helicopter demonstrate the superior flight performance characteristics and substantial safety margin and reserve factor of this aircraft. The Mi-38 is a next-generation helicopter. The Mi-38 can be operated day and night and in all weathers, in a variety of climactic conditions and in temperatures from -50°C to +60°C. It comes with a leading-edge avionics suite and meets Russian AP-29, European JAR-29 and American FAR-29 standards. The helicopter’s competitive advantages also include its high levels of reliability and safety and comfort for both crew and passengers, substantial flight resources, advanced technical characteristics and convenient maintenance regime.
Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of the Russian Technologies State Corporation. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2011 its IFRS revenues increased 27.8% to RUB 103.9 billion. Deliveries reached 262 helicopters.
UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. It is a part of the Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).
The Russian Technologies State Corporation (Rostec) was established in 2007 to support Russian industry in developing, producing and exporting high-tech industrial products for civil and military use. The Corporation includes 663 companies, currently organised into 12 defence holdings and five holdings for civil industries. The Corporation has a presence in 60 of Russia’s regions, and exports its products to 70 countries. Russian Technologies State Corporation is headed by Sergei Chemezov. In 2011 the Corporation had net income of RUB 1.55 billion, and paid RUB 100 billion into budgets of all levels.