Russia launches new engine production for military helicopters

By Nikolai Litovkin, Russia Beyond the Headlines   |   June 24, 2016 at 9:47 AM

The United Engine Corp. has launched production of TV7-117V engines for the newest Mi-38 multi-purpose helicopter, as well as for the Ka-52 and Mi-28 attack helicopters. Previously, these rotorcrafts used engines made by Ukraine's Motor Sich plant.

The decision to design and produce Russia's own technology was made after the introduction of U.S. and EU sanctions and the complete rupture of military and technical cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in 2014. The original plan was to equip the latest Mi-38s with engines made by U.S. aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney for supplies to Russia's European and American partners.

The helicopter can carry out transport and landing tasks for the armed forces, oil and gas companies and search and rescue services. The Russian Helicopters design and manufacturing company has received a series of orders from the Russian Ministry of Defense and commercial entities for the production of the new engine.

Dmitry Safonov, the Izvestia daily newspaper's military correspondent, told RBTH that the TV7-117V engine ensures flight safety during operations in any weather conditions.

"It is able to achieve a force of 2,800 to 3,750 horsepower depending on the operating mode," Safonov said. "The developer is currently designing around 200 engine modifications for different models of helicopters and airplanes."

According to Safonov, this engine can be used in other helicopters weighing up to 15 tons.

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