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Russian perspective helicopter RACHEL is getting closer

By 2015, the new Russian high-speed helicopter should have a technical design and a full-fledged “flying laboratory”. The Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant expects to receive under the state contract 3,3 a billion rubles for these purposes. The creator of the best-selling helicopter Mi-8 and Mi-17, which are in demand both in Russia and around the world, has already chosen the name for its new project - RACHEL. In the future, it is this helicopter that will prove to the whole world Russia's leadership in the field of helicopter construction.

Currently, the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant is part of a large holding company, Russian Helicopters. By the end of November 2015, the company must complete work on creating a draft and technical design of a new Russian prospective high-speed helicopter (PSV), as well as complete work on creating a so-called flying laboratory - a prototype helicopter, on the basis of which all kinds of tests should be performed. It is reported by the Russian agency ITAR-TASS with reference to the representative of the holding "Helicopters of Russia" Roman Kirillov. According to the press service of Russian Helicopters, the holding expects to take part in the competition of the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the conclusion of a new contract, which implies the continuation of research projects within the framework of designing and creating a PSV.

Currently, the holding company "Helicopters of Russia" is on the rise. At the end of 2013, the holding's enterprises produced a 303 helicopter for Russian and foreign customers (against 290 machines in the 2012 year). According to the results of 2013, Russian Helicopters expect to receive revenues in the amount of 140 billion rubles (in 2012, this figure was 125,7 billion rubles). On 11 December 2013, the enterprises included in the holding had firm orders for the supply of 772 helicopters for a total amount in excess of 370 billion rubles. At 2014, the holding has already fully secured itself with contracts, in 2015, the security of 73%, in 2016 - 25%.

Russian perspective helicopter RACHEL is getting closer
Rachel aka b-xnumx

It should be noted that the sonorous English name RACHEL is an abbreviation, stands for Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Russian promising commercial helicopter). The objective of this project is ambitious, he will have to replace the most successful and massive car of the Russian production today - the legendary Mi-8 helicopter. On this path, the holding adopted a number of fundamental decisions. For example, according to the “Russian Helicopters”, instead of the maximum speed, priority was made in favor of the efficiency and environmental friendliness of the new helicopter. The speed of the helicopter will also be important, but the speed priority will be of the order of 25% compared to other modern counterparts, rather than 50% or 100%, which are offered by high-speed helicopter building programs. All of them are highlighted in separate projects. The selection of priorities in the development of the machine was carried out after conducting a large-scale marketing research, which was conducted with the direct participation of helicopter operator companies.

According to the plans of the holding, RACHEL should occupy the niche of multi-purpose commercial helicopters with a take-off weight of up to 12 tons. A passenger version of the car with a comfortable cabin will allow the passenger to carry the 21-24. In addition, specialized versions of the helicopter will be developed: patrol, search and rescue, medical. According to representatives of Russian Helicopters, the RACHEL helicopter will be able to gradually replace the fleet of domestic Mi-8 / 17 helicopters. Together with another brainchild of Mil, a heavy Mi-38 helicopter, the long-term car should strengthen the position of the Russian company in its traditional markets.

For the first time, the new Russian concept RACHEL was shown to the public in 2013, as part of the English Farnborough Airshow. It became the main novelty of Russian Helicopters at this air show. At the Mile Moscow Helicopter Plant, which is working on a promising high-speed helicopter, the car is also called the B-37 (some believe that in the future the name may be replaced by Mi-37). At the exhibition, the Director General of Russian Helicopters Dmitry Petrov told reporters that the stage of conducting preliminary research on the PSV program has now been completed. “We firmly believe that the main competitive advantage of any technology in modern realities is its economic efficiency. High returns from the commercial use of the machine - that is the criterion that we put at the forefront while working on the concept of our new helicopter, ”said Dmitry Petrov. Consequently, as noted above, for the Russian RACHEL project, the main thing will not be to achieve the maximum flight speed, but to ensure a machine price acceptable to the operator and to minimize direct operating costs.

Rachel aka b-xnumx

At the initial stage of the PSV program, two Russian leading design bureaus of the holding successfully completed work on creating the appearance of a promising machine Kamov OJSC offered a helicopter with coaxially rigid Ka-92 propellers, and OJSC MVZ named after. M.L. Mile "- a project of high-speed Mi-X1. It is worth noting the fact that both presented developments received a positive assessment of the holding. It was decided that work on both projects will continue. Currently, the company "Kamov" continues its work on the development of a flying laboratory for working out technical solutions for a high-speed machine of the coaxial circuit, and the MVZ them M.L. The mile is concentrated on the B-37 - the helicopter of the classical scheme.

It is reported that the basic modification of the B-37 will be a multi-purpose helicopter equipped with a convertible cabin. The helicopter can carry up to 24 passengers and up to 3-4 tons of various cargoes. The machine will receive the latest avionics complex and the latest generation carrier systems, which, in combination with the perfect aerodynamics of the helicopter's fuselage, should ensure its flight at cruising speeds up to 350-370 km / h. Compared to the famous Mi-8 / 17 family, a significant increase in the flight range of the vehicle is also planned. The 2 prospective turboshaft engine (MPE) is planned to be used on the helicopter as a power plant, the United Engine Corporation is working on its creation. At the first stage, the use of upgraded engines belonging to the VK-2500 family is considered possible.

Under the state contract for the creation of new helicopters in the 2014-2015 years will be allocated about 4 billion rubles. In the event that Russian Helicopters win the competition, the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant will receive about 3,3 billion rubles. These funds will be used to further develop the RACHEL project. The remaining funds (of the order of 0,7 billion rubles) will be transferred to other co-contractors on the creation of a high-speed helicopter, including the development of new engines. For example, at the Klimov plant it was reported that in the year 2014 they will continue to work on key systems and elements of a new generation engine, which is intended for installation on PSV. Engine demonstration tests and certification work are scheduled for 2015 year. The start of flight tests of PSV prototypes should begin in 2016-2017, and the completion of certification of machines and the beginning of their mass production is scheduled for 2018-2019 years.

Ka-92 project

In 2013, the holding company “Helicopters of Russia” has already become the winner of the competition for conducting research projects to develop a new promising helicopter, having received from the state 2,5 billion rubles. Most of this amount was transferred to the Mil plant, the funds were used to develop a helicopter advance project. The remaining funds were transferred to the companies involved in the project. Initially, the creation of the PSV program assumed at once two developments that were conducted in parallel with each other - Ka-92 KB Kamov and Mi-X1 CB Mil. However, in the end, the most optimal approach from a technical and economic point of view was the approach and decisions of the Mil Design Bureau. Despite this, work within the framework of the creation of the Ka-92 helicopter will continue, but for a more distant future.

Igor Korotchenko, Head of the World Trade Analysis Center weapons (TSAMTO), in an interview with the Vzglyad newspaper, noted that these are two different schools of helicopter building, each with its own concepts and approach. If you look at the market indicators, the “Mil” machines abroad have stronger positions than the “Kamov” machines, which does not mean at all that one helicopter school is worse or better than the other. In this case, it is mostly about the limited resources available and the high cost of the work being done. Under these conditions, it is absolutely normal that the competition was conducted at the level of concepts, and not at the level of advance projects or finished developments. To finance parallel two competing works would be impossible, the expert believes. The choice made in favor of Mil Design Bureau gives hope that the PSV project will be successful.

“We have completely lost the passenger aircraft segment and are currently only trying to occupy a niche in short-haul traffic at the expense of the Superjet, plus we are working on the creation of the MC-21 in order to start competing with Airbus and Boeing. At the same time, Russia occupies a leading position in the world in the segment of helicopters. An exception can only be called luxury helicopters designed for the transport of VIP-persons. Along with this, in the traditional segments - combat helicopters, military transport helicopters, heavy helicopters, deck helicopters of Kamov - we have excellent positions in the market, ”notes the Director of TSAMTO.

Mi-17B5 Indian Air Force

Mi-8 / 17 helicopters in the mid-range helicopter segment are by far the most in demand. They fly around the world, even NATO in Afghanistan gives preference to these Russian helicopters, acquiring them for the Afghan army at the expense of the Pentagon’s budget. At the same time, these machines are still the Soviet backlog, so today it is worth thinking about completely Russian developments, notes Igor Korotchenko.

Today, the development of a high-speed helicopter is, in a way, the mainstream of the entire global helicopter industry. Therefore, Russia should not stand aside. Even if the current Mi-17 helicopters are still for 30-40 years, they will be a real hit in the global market. Today, for a huge number of countries, these machines are the only alternative helicopter technology. This primarily concerns countries in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Those countries where very difficult natural and climatic conditions. Helicopters of this class, as the Russian Mi-17, in the West simply do not. Russian machines are distinguished by high reliability in the most demanding conditions of operation, along with the simplicity of their design. This platform, of course, will continue to be modernized, but now it is important to work on the scientific and technical groundwork for the future - in order not to lose the leading positions in helicopter engineering. Therefore, the RACHEL project is very important for Russia.

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  1. invisibility
    invisibility 31 January 2014 08: 44
    Promising news! But these names always scare me, RACHEL! Still, the helicopter is designed for abroad? Let them get used to the Russian names !!!
    1. Igor39
      Igor39 31 January 2014 08: 57
      I have the same opinion, I liked everything in the article, but the name Rachel is not, which is not so.
    2. just exp
      just exp 31 January 2014 08: 57
      so yes, the whole world knows the name of Kalashnikov and RPG.
      do well and the world itself will learn the name, as the satellite word learned.
      but the name is also funny, similar to the female name Raquel.
      1. BARKAS
        BARKAS 31 January 2014 09: 46
        Our consumer is now also used to import names, and the manufacturer is turning out too!
    3. Horde
      Horde 31 January 2014 10: 31
      Russian perspective helicopter RACHEL is getting closer

      already bothered by these Anglicisms, what is bad in our opinion? Who invents such crap?
      1. SPLV
        SPLV 31 January 2014 11: 31
        This is from the same place as "helirasha". Or am I one of my facial muscles starting to twist with disgust at such sounds?
        1. orizonti
          orizonti 31 January 2014 18: 03
          Have to get used to it.
          1. Horde
            Horde 31 January 2014 18: 45
            Quote: orizonti
            Have to get used to it.

            when europida_races will accustom you in the ass, will you also get used to it?
        2. Shur
          Shur 1 February 2014 02: 47
          Managers are their language .. Germans .. in general.
      2. ELECTRON
        ELECTRON 4 February 2014 16: 41
        "RACHEL", which means "Russian promising commercial helicopter."
        I quite calmly refer to this name, because the helicopter was created most likely for the western market. What do you think, if you write in Russian, then someone in Europe or somewhere else will understand that this is a Russian helicopter ???? I don’t think so. And here everything is clearly and clearly written. hi
    4. Letun
      Letun 31 January 2014 13: 57
      Damn, I am also enraged by this tendency to call Russian technology foreign words. Kalashnikov knows and respects the whole world, especially since the name of the helicopter in the abbreviation of English words doesn’t affect its sales. What nonsense ?!
      1. orizonti
        orizonti 31 January 2014 18: 02
        Otherwise, they don’t buy it, there is no confidence in our technology. The whole rich world in which such helicopters can buy speaks English for this and such names.
        1. Horde
          Horde 31 January 2014 18: 59
          Quote: orizonti
          Otherwise, they don’t buy it, there is no confidence in our technology. The whole rich world in which such helicopters can buy speaks English for this and such names.

          is it a mile they don’t take? why are you lying? but about Kalash they already told you, to such licking people, how are you better at doing it, there are many of them ...
        2. Shur
          Shur 1 February 2014 02: 51
          Stupidity. Just the same "exotic" goes perfectly. They ... why are you not fumbling in marketing ...
      2. Shur
        Shur 1 February 2014 02: 49
        They are everywhere with this English language of "ruminants" climb.
  2. Wiruz
    Wiruz 31 January 2014 09: 20
    Of course, I apologize, but is the Mi-38 not suitable for this role?
  3. slavik_gross
    slavik_gross 31 January 2014 09: 34
    Again Ka is being pushed and Mi is being moved, yet Ka is more interesting than Mi !?
    1. AVV
      AVV 31 January 2014 23: 47
      Quote: slavik_gross
      Again Ka is being pushed and Mi is being moved, yet Ka is more interesting than Mi !?

      They didn’t deserve Kamovtsev again, history repeats itself !!! But South Korea exploits the Kamovskiy cars and doesn’t get enough !!! You can’t leave such a legendary team without money and orders !!! Again, at least turn to the Minister of Defense !!! ?? !!!
    2. Shur
      Shur 1 February 2014 02: 52
      Not the time, that is, the Kamovites were ahead of the time and the clowns from "hilorash".
      And the project is KA-92 is good!
  4. Rash
    Rash 31 January 2014 09: 36
    Quote: invisible
    But these names always scare me, RACHEL! Still, the helicopter is designed for abroad?

    Unfortunately, except for Russia, no one in the world knows the word "helicopter", only "helicopter", and therefore the abbreviation is intended for the foreign market.
    1. SPLV
      SPLV 31 January 2014 11: 37
      But we use the word "satellite", don't we replace it with "satellite"? All this orientation to the foreign market smacks of a different "orientation". It seems that some people like the fact that they bend under them already at birth, some are happy to try.
    2. Shur
      Shur 1 February 2014 03: 06
      But Rosvertol is there. Only ours guessed to translate the names into a foreign language. Is it difficult to write "Rosvertol" for Westerners? They do not know, but they will find out. You have to be an idiot like our managers so as not to promote your own language. How to merge with different helicopters is to take the original name. This is at least a "detachment" from competitors, and this is already the right move in trade rivalry. The name itself becomes valuable.
  5. Asan Ata
    Asan Ata 31 January 2014 10: 03
    "The speed of the helicopter will also be important, but the priority of speed will be about 25% compared to other modern analogues, and not 50% or 100%, which are offered by programs for the construction of high-speed helicopters" - as far as I understand, all foreign companies are trying to create high-speed machines? The power-to-weight ratio of the Mi-8 is beyond competition, which is why it won fame. Maybe we just need to work on it, creating a more marketable model with the help of new avionics and design than doing these stupid pushing propellers? Or light up a new idea than blindly copy the West?
    1. Assistant
      Assistant 3 February 2014 04: 44
      The power ratio of the Mi-8th out of competition, and so won fame. Maybe you just need to work on it, creating a more market model with the help of new avionics and design

      In the summer, they announced the opening of a program to upgrade the Mi-8T to Mi-8 SMEs at the Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant in Belarus with the installation of engines of the Ukrainian company Motor Sich. He set records in the ceiling, rate of climb and load capacity in his class. It is praised that Mi-8 SMEs will be able to fly directly from the Andes along any route.
      As for the helicopters with a pushing propeller, if the case burns out, a qualitative leap will be made in the characteristics of the helicopters. Their speed will, of course, be lower than that of convertiplanes, but the complexity and cost is much lower.
  6. saag
    saag 31 January 2014 10: 16
    With that name, nothing good will come of it. the helicopter is him, and here the female name smacks of hermaphroditism :-) or is it a tribute to the current Western trends? Then it’s even worse, and it made its way into aviation, some sort of metastases :-)
  7. Forest
    Forest 31 January 2014 10: 21
    It is not clear how the MI-17 transporter will be replaced by these passenger ships.
    And of course, the conservative choice of the MI helicopter raises the question. The scheme of the new Kamov with the pusher propeller has certainly not been worked out yet, but remember that the coaxial scheme at first also caused distrust, but now it works successfully.
  8. Ivan_Ivanov
    Ivan_Ivanov 31 January 2014 11: 11
    Great news!!! good

    But here is the name ... fool

    If you really want a sonorous name in Latin in non-Russian, then let it be exclusively for a foreign buyer.

    We do not need RACHEL. We (the country, people, Russian civilization) need a RUVER.
    1. Strezhevchanin
      Strezhevchanin 31 January 2014 13: 34
      Quote: Ivan_Ivanov
      We do not need rachel

      Well, most likely in the first version it was written as RUSHELL laughing and when they saw that the foreign delegation began to be baptized at the exhibition and mumble something slurred ...... because Rachel yes
  9. Criowoolf
    Criowoolf 31 January 2014 12: 19
    "RACHEL" As I understand it, the first helicopter is designed for large export deliveries and is primarily directed to the foreign market, and the second helicopter is already intended for a Russian customer.
  10. puskarinkis
    puskarinkis 31 January 2014 13: 24
    I consider it normal patriotism to give a name to something in the native language, and in brackets to give a word or a term suitable for foreigners, in translation. Language, nevertheless, is a Carrier of Culture!
    1. huut
      huut 31 January 2014 20: 36
      Quote: puskarinkis
      Language, nevertheless, is a Carrier of Culture!

      So they bring their culture to us, and not only them. Already dragged so much that nowhere else.
  11. Metlik
    Metlik 31 January 2014 13: 26
    "In the traditional segments - combat helicopters, military transport helicopters, heavy helicopters, Kamov deck helicopters - we have an excellent position in the market," said the director of TsAMTO. "
    However, the Indians chose American military and transport helicopters in the tender. It’s necessary to think about this, and not to invent names for a nonexistent model.
  12. Sfera
    Sfera 31 January 2014 14: 16
    for me, this project will not pull kb, the timing certainly will not pull, and the Kamovites project looks more interesting
  13. I think so
    I think so 31 January 2014 15: 00
    And what is this name for a RUSSIAN (?) Weapon? What Russian words and letters are missing? Or do occupational authorities prohibit the use of the Russian language in technology? Ah country ... country ... how easy it is to turn a great power into a third-rate simply by putting weaklings at the head ...
  14. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 31 January 2014 15: 34
    The design of the B-37 is beautiful! Serious, such, muzzle, original air, closed sleeve. Plain, "licked", fluffy. Will it be so in metal. Ka-92, today, looks a little futuristic, unusual. But, we stomp forward. New schemes are also time to test and put into operation.
  15. Androsh
    Androsh 31 January 2014 15: 46
    From the name of the roots, as well as from the name of the superjet .. (
    1. dmitrij.blyuz
      dmitrij.blyuz 31 January 2014 17: 03
      The name is, unfortunately, it is customary to call it that in Europe. Although there is a Russian beginning in the name. They still can’t be ours. But they WILL. We will get them by quiet glanders. And the Russian language will be the first in the world. We missed this moment at 18 century. Now we are paying. Our winged ones all over the world will fly with the emblem of the Russian Air Force, and not only. I’m trying to reassure myself. Although everything is bad, but for great joy there is no reason.
  16. Internal combustion engine
    Internal combustion engine 31 January 2014 17: 01
    “We have completely lost the segment of passenger aircraft” Why are those officials, thanks to whom Russia ditched the production of its passenger aircraft, will humbly look at the development of helicopter manufacturing. Not at all. That is why they are kept in the Kremlin to burn everything with a red-hot iron.
  17. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 31 January 2014 17: 08
    Superjet. Engines-France. Do we have our own engines? Avionics-Anglo-American-French. Sa
    1. EvilLion
      EvilLion 31 January 2014 17: 56
      There are no civilians and there have never been leaders in general. On SSJ equipment a little bit of everything, there is French and Russian.
  18. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 31 January 2014 18: 14
    Not for some reason my comment got in. Super is far from our machine. Maybe the MS-31 (Yak) will become more advanced, according to our technologies. Engines, avionics, we really can’t? Yes, I won’t believe it! For the Air Force, for GA, no. What kind of absurdity?
  19. bear
    bear 31 January 2014 18: 57
    It is necessary to call Russian technology foreign names, I consider it a shame if you cannot name your creation in your native language. Or betrayal !!!
  20. xomaNN
    xomaNN 31 January 2014 21: 05
    A twisted reading - "Rachel" .. Like an Israeli version winked Somehow Milevsky’s marketers were too smart.
  21. Echo
    Echo 31 January 2014 22: 34
    The most important thing in any aircraft is the engine. What engine will stand on this helicopter? If American or European - forget that this is a Russian helicopter.

    Remember, men. No general aviation is more important than the engine! There will be engines - there will be technology. There are no engines - all your other attempts are pointless.
    1. Shur
      Shur 1 February 2014 02: 55
      Everything is important in it, even a trifle can cause an accident.
  22. zinander
    zinander 31 January 2014 23: 28
    Quote: dmitrij.blyuz
    Superjet. Engines-France. Do we have our own engines? Avionics-Anglo-American-French. Sa

    So there’s almost nothing of ours on it, so the project is for washing the dough. And our engines should not be far left for a new helicopter. With Canada, we’ve already fired and what’s going on in Ukraine and what tomorrow will be unknown there.
    1. Shur
      Shur 1 February 2014 03: 16
      For a long time, yesterday it was necessary to buy and transport everything to Russia and personnel too. Now they are not up to the engines, freedom, European occupation has gone .. For the debts, everything had to be taken away for a long time and the specialists had to give work and housing here. Not a century, however, the trouble will be walking around there, but how they will plunder all of them like the Balts and the kopeck .. It’s not up to the people to succeed, Westerners only dream about it .. they, first of all, will destroy the entire industry there urgently. It is necessary to buy and export, as in evacuation.
  23. Jager
    Jager 1 February 2014 21: 54
    RUS-HELL is the marketing name! And all these Rachel, Rachel, Rashili, Rashids (God forgive me) are a perversion. A riot of inflamed fantasy. The Rachel project (Rachel) smoothly develops into MIHEL (Michel). Ugh. As with the Superjet. Well, okay, an international project funded by Russian taxpayers, a dog with him. But UAZ "Patriot" is generally beyond the bounds.