Pratt & Whitney Canada and Helicopters of Russia last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Moscow to produce the PW127TS engine for Russia’s new generation, twin-engine Mi-38 helicopter.
Under the agreement with JSC Helicopters of Russia, JSC Ufa Engine Industrial Association (UMPO) and the Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM), P&WC will develop a turboshaft version of its PW127 engine and certify it to Transport Canada and Russian standards.
The deal calls for Helicopters of Russia, together with UMPO, to invest in the development and localization of the PW127TS, planned for assembly under license by UMPO for the Mi-38. Kazan Helicopters will manufacture the Mi-38.
P&WC plans to sell the PW127TS engines to Helicopters of Russia in kits. Plans also call for the construction of unique modules to convert and adapt the PW127 as a turboshaft in Russia under the technical supervision of P&WC’s Russian affiliate, Pratt & Whitney Rus (P&W Rus) of St. Petersburg. P&W Rus will also provide technical and customer support for the engines.
Under development by the Moscow Helicopter Plant, the Mi-38 belongs to an increased-lift-capacity class of utility helicopters capable of carrying up to 30 passengers and a payload of five tons. Its intended roles include petroleum exploration, heavy lifting and VIP transportation. P&WC expects to win Russian certification for the PW127TS engine in 2011, the year before the Mi-38 is due to enter service.