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Mil Mi-X1 is a high-speed helicopter being proposed by Mil of Russia.The aircraft belongs to the same program as its competitor Kamov's Ka-92 intended to create a new generation of middle-class helicopters cruising at about 500km/h (312mph). Its preliminary design and early specifications have been unveiled at HeliRussia 2009 exhibition near Moscow.


The Mi-X1 is designed to have a take-off weight of just 10 tons, seat 25 passengers and fly to 1,500 km. It has one main rotor and a rear mount lift rotor. The helicopter’s single main rotor means that in order to travel at high speeds it will have to overcome the retreating blade stall (RBS). This phenomenon occurs at airspeeds of some 300 km/h, and leads to vibrations that may ultimately destroy the rotor. Mil’s solution to fighting the onset of the RBS is to offload the rotor with the help of the proprietary Stall Local Elimination System (SLES). According to Mil Chief Designer Nikolay Pavlenko, the designers have already agreed to test SLES at Russia’s TsAGI Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute. Earlier the manufacturer asserted that using SLES alone would give the Mi-X1 a speed of 450-500 km/h. According to the updated information made public at HeliRussia 2009, the helicopter will have a cruise speed of 475 km/h and a dash speed of 495 to 520 km/h. This will be possible through the use of a pusher propeller and a number of aerodynamic improvements, including a retractable landing gear and streamlined forward and rear fuselage sections. The Mi-X1 might be powered by two uprated Klimov VK- 2500 turboshafts. Similar engines are installed on Mi-28 "Havoc" and Ka-52 "Alligator" attack helicopters.

Russia & CIS Observer May 2009

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