Flug Revue: "Giant" Mi-26 will be called upon to replace the unsuccessful Il-112V

In August 2021 in Kubinka crashed the only prototype of the Il-112V turboprop transport aircraft, which killed all three crew members. A number of tasks that the Il-112V was designed to solve can be assigned to the Mi-26 helicopter, which is currently the largest serial rotorcraft in the world.

According to the German resource Flug Revue, the investigation into the August crash has not yet been completed, but experts believe that one of the reasons for the incident was engine problems.

One way or another, the program of the new Il-112V light military transport aircraft for the Russian military transport aviation has been postponed indefinitely. It is likely that the engine and the structure of the aircraft will be improved. In the meantime, some of the functions of the transport operator will be taken over by the Mi-26 helicopter, the newspaper believes.

Mi-26 is the largest, heaviest and most powerful serial helicopter built in the world. Moreover, it is much larger than the Il-112V transporter. The carrying capacity of the Mi-26 is about 20 tons, which is equal to the maximum take-off weight of a turboprop aircraft. However, for more than 35 years of use, the giant helicopter has proven itself to be the best and is available in sufficient quantities in the Russian Air Force. This, in particular, says the deputy chairman of the board of the Military-Industrial Commission Andrei Yelchaninov.

The Ministry of Defense decided that a number of tasks, which the Il-112V light military transport aircraft should potentially perform, will be taken over by the Mi-26 helicopter. Perhaps they will purchase additionally, or make more active use of the existing fleet

- quoted by Yelchaninov agency Interfax.

In the future, the army expects to receive new modifications of these rotorcraft. For example, Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Rostec, is now testing a modernized version of the Mi-26T2V, which may go into serial production in the future.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 13 December 2021 10: 07
    The official's phrase is remarkable: Maybe they will buy, maybe they won't buy, maybe it flies, maybe we'll save money, everything is possible ...
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 13 December 2021 12: 42
      Perhaps, if, probably.
  2. mark1 Offline mark1
    mark1 13 December 2021 11: 20
    Yelchaninov is a chatterbox, a loyal friend of Borisov. State it! Mi26 take off weighing 56 tons and gp 20 tn will "replace" the Il-112 takeoff weighing 21 tn and g. 5 tons! Will it not be expensive? There is a Mi-8/38 gp 4-6 tons, he probably did not know about this, as well as the fact that the D-136 engine from the Mi-26 is still being produced in Ukraine
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 13 December 2021 12: 41
      Military air transportation or three times, at least, will rise in price. Or become extremely rare. By this end it was already going. Regardless of the readiness of the Il-112V. The Syrian Express finished off the remains of the VTA resource. An-124 approached the red line of repairs and upgrades, and There is no Russian serial engine. Il-76MD-90A and Il-78MD-90A are produced in homeopathic portions. If the resource of the Mi-26T engine is covered, then it will not be easy to replace it according to gray schemes.
      1. Kedrovich Offline Kedrovich
        Kedrovich (Alexa980) 16 February 2022 00: 09
        What are you modestly propalschestvuesh?
  3. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) 13 December 2021 11: 26
    Dasis fantasizing laughing
  4. svoroponov Offline svoroponov
    svoroponov (Vyacheslav) 13 December 2021 12: 02
    Yes, they will bring the Il-112V. The plane is not bad.
    But the author's brains need to be replaced, writes various crap.
  5. greenchelman Online greenchelman
    greenchelman (Grigory Tarasenko) 13 December 2021 12: 13
    The flight range of the Mi-26 at maximum refueling is 800 km.
    Estimated flight performance of the Il-112V: practical range - 2400 km with a load of 3,5 tons and 1200 km with a maximum load of 5 tons.
    Those. to carry "bears" back and forth will cost more and will last longer, but if there is a lot of fuel and a dense network of airfields, then it is quite possible.
    The main problem of the Mi-26 is the Motor Sich engines.
    Recently, Russia has developed a PD-14 turboprop aircraft engine (14 tons thrust). On its basis, it was also decided to create an industrial engine PD-14GP-1 / GP-2 for gas turbine installations and units for gas transportation, and also began the development of the PD-12V HELICOPTER engine. So, if the idea with the PD-12V succeeds, then the Mi-26 can be used even to the point of being blue in the face. As I wrote above, the only question is the cost of logistics, but since we are talking about the military, then they do not care in principle (a temporary measure)
    But a transport plane is still needed!
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 13 December 2021 12: 44
      With developments and plans, we are ahead of the rest. For 30 years. With serial production it is more difficult.
  6. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) 13 December 2021 14: 12
    I'm wondering, throwing aside the economic aspect, let's return to the human (in the literal sense) - where Mr. Yelchaninov will take so many pilots for these Mi-26s ...
  7. S WITH Offline S WITH
    S WITH (N S) 13 December 2021 14: 40
    mi26 can be adapted for launching stealth cruise missiles of the x-59mk2 type, 15-20 pcs will fit
  8. Denis radish Offline Denis radish
    Denis radish (Denis Moroz) 14 December 2021 16: 22
    you can still carry on carts)