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Helitech 2016: Mi-38 rushed in flight tests

3rd October 2016 - 15:00 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov in Sofia

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Russian Helicopters has launched a new flight test campaign, using the Mi-38-2 prototype, in an effort to expand the type’s operational characteristics upon request by the Russian MoD.

The aircraft is designed for the civil and military markets.

The main goals of this military certification testing effort are to increase the approved maximum take-off weight and service ceiling.

The flight testing programme also includes testing of a winch and external cargo hook, in addition to flights from non-paved airfields with runways covered with dirt, sand and snow.

Subsequently, the Mi-38 will be subject to joint testing, where the Russian Air

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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