State corporation Rostec’s Russian Helicopters has been tasked by the Russian Ministry of Defense to conduct additional certification tests of the Mi-38-2 helicopter.

The tests are intended to enhance the Mi-38-2 helicopter’s operational characteristics.

The company is also set to develop a range of modifications of the Mi-38-2 to help meet the requirements of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s various departments.

"The Mi-38 helicopters prepared for the Russian Ministry of Defense will be equipped solely with Russian-made assemblies and components."

The modifications include a jamming mode, a medevac version, search-and-rescue and assault transport helicopters, as well as a modification designed to perform tasks for the Arctic Group of Forces.

Additionally, work is ongoing to increase the Mi-38-2 helicopter’s maximum takeoff weight and flying height.

The company will also conduct tests with an added cargo jib and an external sling and on helipads covered by dust, sand and snow.

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Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said: “The potential capabilities of this helicopter combined with its high-performance flight characteristics and possibility to install additional equipment make Mi-38 very attractive for the Russian Aerospace Forces.

“Together with the Russian Ministry of Defense, our company will perform flight tests to check the compliance of the helicopter with requirements of the army.

“The Mi-38 helicopters prepared for the Russian Ministry of Defense will be equipped solely with Russian-made assemblies and components.”

Featuring composite materials in its structure, including main and tail rotors, the Mi-38 is equipped with medium payload capacity, new Russian-built TV7-117V engines and an integrated digital avionics suite featuring five LCD screens.

The Mi-38 multirole helicopter’s IBKO-38 integrated airborne avionics system provides information to the crew to ensure increased flight safety, while its navigation system allows to engage an automatic mode for flying, landing, hovering, and levelling.

Work on further outfitting the helicopter will be completed by 2018. Kazan Helicopters has already completed assembling the first serially produced Mi-38.