Mi-17/8 courtesy of Russian Helicopters.
Russian Helicopters plans to develop a new, single-engine, light, multipurpose rotorcraft, the manufacturer said. Serial production is slated for 2020 to 2021. Should the product be produced, it would be Russian Helicopters’ first entrance into the light multipurpose helicopter market.
“It is a new segment of the market, so we are faced with several problems,” said Andrew Boginsky, general director of Russian Helicopters during his speech at a meeting of the Aviation Board of the Government of the Russian Federation. “First, create a product attractive for commercial customers as well as for personal use. Secondly, to enter new markets for us, including Europe and the U.S. through the helicopter certification in these countries.”
The new rotorcraft would reportedly feature coaxial rotors and have a maximum takeoff weight of up to 2 tons. It would seat five people, with 1,600 pounds of payload. Russian Helicopters said that engineers have begun work, and type certification could be applied for this year.