Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

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Helicopter: WSK Mi-2FM (NATO: Hoplite)

WSK Mi-2FM (NATO: Hoplite)
USSR / Poland
helicopter
1971



  • Technical data


Rotor diameter 14.56 m (47 ft 9 in)
Fuselage length 11.94 m (39 ft 2 in)
Take-off weight 3,550 kg (7,826 lb)
Maximum speed 200 kmph (108 kt, 124 mph)
Ceiling 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
Range 410 km (255 mi, 221 NM)
Armament
Powerplant :
two turboshaft GTD‑350 engines rated at 400 hp each

 

A photogrammetric variant of the Mi-2.

In late 1950s studies on a successor of Mi‑1 began in the USSR. The new helicopter was to be turbine powered and capable of carrying 8 passengers. Klimov design bureau commenced studies on the GTD‑350 turboshaft engine, based on American Allison 250. The prototype V‑2 helicopter first flew in 1961. Series production, under designation Mi‑2 began in 1963. In 1964 Poland was granted the license and in 1965 production at WSK Świdnik factory began. WSK Rzeszów undertook production of GTD‑350 engines.

The Mi‑2 is a very universal machine. In civil aviation the Mi‑2s are still used for transport, pilot training and patrolling. The Mi‑2s are also operated by the police. Several military versions were designed: transport/medevac, passenger, rescue, dual control trainer, chemical reconnaissance and for aerial photography. On the basis of Mi‑2 the PZL Kania (Kitty Hawk) helicopter was designed, powered by Rolls Royce/Allison 250 engines and fitted with Bendix/King avionics.

The Mi-2 side number 2121 was manufactured in December 1971 as an example of a rare photogrammetric variant (8 built), fitted with a Wild RC-8 camera placed in the rear fuselage. The Mi-2FM 2121 was delivered to the military on February 7, 1972 and served with the 49th Helicopter Regiment, 49th Combat Helicopters Regiment, 42nd Aviation Squadron, and 1st Aviation Training Centre. It was donated to the Museum in 2008.

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