Russian Defense Ministry to Receive 2 Mi-38 Helicopters By End of 2019

© Sputnik / Anton Denisov / Go to the photo bankMI-38-2 helicopter at the 9th International HeliRussia helicopter industry exhibition 2016.
MI-38-2 helicopter at the 9th International HeliRussia helicopter industry exhibition 2016. - Sputnik International
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The Russian Defense Ministry signed the first contract with the Russian Helicopters company for the supply of a pilot batch of Mi-38 helicopters to be delivered by the end of 2019, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Mi-38 can be used for carrying cargo and passengers, as well as for search-and-rescue operations and serve as a flying hospital.

"The Russian Defense Ministry and JSC Russian Helicopters signed a contract for the delivery of a pilot batch of two multipurpose helicopters Mi-38. In accordance with the contract, the Russian Defense Ministry will receive two Mi-38 helicopters by the end of 2019 which will operate in the Russian Aerospace Forces," the statement read.

The company noted that the helicopters had been tested to lift up a 5-tonnes cargo on the external load, while the production is expected to be certified at a plant in the Russian city of Kazan.

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