|Mil Mi-52 "Snegir"|
Light utility helicopter to carry pilot and two passengers or 250kg. Advanced 4-blade rotor, T-tail, spatted tricycle gear. Designed for min cost, min maintenance, multi-fuel, all-climate. Prototype 1994, to be made (expected large numbers) at Mil Helicopter Plant.
Bill Gunston "The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft", 2000
English name: Bullfinch This four-seat light helicopter project was promoted during the 1990s, but nothing came of the venture. The company unveiled a mockup on 1 June 2000 and announced that it was then hoping to resuscitate the Snegir, with a view to flying a prototype in 2001, although this failed to occur. By mid-2001, Mil was still seeking US$15 million to build, test and certify two prototypes. In early 2003, Kazan helicopter plant offered to provide funds to launch production of Mi-52.
Single- (Mi-52-1) and twin-engined (Mi-52-2 with 199kW VAZ-4265) versions are planned with commercial load capabilities of 350kg and 400kg, respectively. A military trainer is also envisaged. Unit cost of baseline version estimated as US$300,000. Progress AI-450 turboshaft mentioned as alternative power source, early 2003.
Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 2004-2005