HOT: Utilizing SSJ-100 Airliner Engines for New Russian Mi-26 Helicopters

Optimizing Performance: Utilizing SSJ-100 Airliner Engines for New Russian Mi-26 Helicopters

Witness the innovation in helicopter technology as new Russian Mi-26 helicopters harness the power of SSJ-100 airliner engines. Experience the unmatched combination of performance, efficiency, and reliability that these engines bring to elevate the capabilities of Mi-26 helicopters. Explore the seamless integration of aircraft engine advancements in the world of heavy-lift military and civilian helicopters.

Utilizing SSJ-100 Airliner Engines for New Russian Mi-26 Helicopters
Utilizing SSJ-100 Airliner Engines for New Russian Mi-26 Helicopters

Back at that time, the russians already knew their Il-112V project will be a failure so they urgently needed a substitute. However, now it looks like the Mi-26T2V will not be able to fly, because in ten years, russia still hasn’t established its own production of engines for transport rotorcraft, as follows from the article published by Defence24.

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Armed forces of the rf have already used Mi-26 helicopters in Ukraine during the fights against the Ukrainian army. For example, they transferred reinforcements for the russian grouping in the Kharkiv region which was supposed to slow down the Ukrainian counteroffensive operation. It shows how important is the success of the Russian Mi-26 helicopters project for further military activities in Ukraine.

Engines from SSJ-100 Airliners will be misappropriated for use in new Russian Mi-26 Helicopters

Defence24 explains that Mi-26 still uses the D-136 engine developed precisely for this type of helicopter and produced only in Ukraine. russian authorities seemingly were realizing that relying on contraband supplies leads nowhere, but at the same time were so indulged in developing their “one-of-a-kind” ωєαρσиs that they lost sight of the issue and didn’t manage to launch their own engine production in more than 8 years of ωαя against Ukraine.

Russia tries to use passenger jet engines for its heavy helicopters reliant  on Ukrainian engines - Defense24 - Euromaidan Press

Initially, the russians planned to equip the new Mi-26 with PD-12V engines – the “helicopter version” of the PD-14 aircraft engine used on the SSJ-110 passenger plane. However, once again “something went wrong”, and in August, the engineers switched to PD-8, a variant of PD-14 with a decreased thrust.

Engines from SSJ-100 Airliners will be misappropriated for use in new Russian Mi-26 Helicopters

But the problem is, the testing of the PD-8 began only in 2022. The engine is said to successfully raise an Il-76 “flying laboratory” into the air, though it is yet to be tested how it would work on a Mi-26.

And another question is, whether russian defense industry will be able to mass-produce these engines since they’re made with the use of French technologies supplied to russia strictly as “civilian use” goods. And now russia attempts to use such engines for military purposes, while still heavily sanctioned by the West.

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So here is how the situation looks like. The russian military has set the task to get 20 new Mi-26T2V helicopters with PD-8 engines by 2025, with these engines requiring a whole course of testing beforehand. All things considered, these Russian Mi-26 helicopters will likely end up just as their predecessor Il-112V, just another unrealistic ambition. And the reasons for that are western sanctions and russian negligence.


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