|Type||Heavy Utility Helicopter|
|Seats|| All variants: 3 seats:
Bench variant: 11 seats:
Transport variant: 19 seats:
Medical variant: 7 seats:
|Top speed||~ 255 km/h|
|Service ceiling||3,700 m|
|Fuel capacity||2500 L|
|Secondary armament|| Defensive:
|Variants||Standard, Ammo, Bench, Cargo, Fuel, Medical, Repair, Transport|
- Heavy-lift utility helicopter
- Troop transport
- Vehicle repair
- Vehicle munitions rearmament
- Aeromedical evacuation
|«|| The Mi-290 Taru is a heavy utility helicopter with coaxial rotors and a unique modular construction. Various mission pods allow the Taru to serve many different roles. It can transport cargo, troops, and provide battlefield supplies (ammunition, fuel, repair facilities, and medical equipment). The helicopter can also transport light vehicles thanks to its sling loading capabilities.|
The Mi-290 is a twin-engined, heavy-lift utility helicopter that uses a distinctive coaxial rotor system which removes the need for a tail rotor. It is unique for able to utilise interchangeable mission pods that grant the Mi-290 a diverse array of roles that it can perform, from transporting troops into battle or providing aeromedical support.
It is available in up to eight variants, with each of these variants featuring a mission pod that is fixed to the Mi-290's fuselage where the passenger cabin would be on a conventional helicopter.
Aside from the standard version with no attached pod, these variants range from a munitions carrier with an ammunition container attached, a troop transport variant with a fixed open-air bench pod, a supply carrier with a cargo container, a fuel tanker, an aeromedical transport pod with stretchers, a vehicle repair pod, and another troop transport variant with a closed pod instead of open benches.
Mobility-wise, the Mi-290 is slightly slower than its NATO counterpart, but has much better manoeuvrability and uses a more compact airframe as well, enabling it to transport troops/cargo into smaller landing zones.
Whereas the Huron, which uses a more traditional helicopter design, can only focus on being exclusively a troop transport with moderate slingloading capabilities, the Mi-290's unique mission pod capability also means that it is not restricted to just transporting troops.
This multi-role capability does come at a cost of armament however, as while it does have countermeasures and an RWR to ward off and notify the crew (respectively) of anti-air threats, the Mi-290 is completely helpless should it come under fire. This necessitates that it be provided with an escort whenever it flies into a landing zone with active enemy presence, whereas the Huron can at least defend itself and suppress anyone firing on it. The other downside is that the Mi-290's crew is more vulnerable to being shot due to the cabin being slightly more exposed.
- Mi-290 Taru: Baseline variant. Can slingload most (non-tracked) heavy ground vehicles but otherwise has no other unique capabilities.
- Mi-290 Taru (Ammo): Carries an ammunition supply container that can re-arm nearby land vehicles and grounded aircraft. Cannot slingload vehicles and has the same amount of seats as the baseline variant.
- Mi-290 Taru (Bench): Carries an open-air bench that can seat up to eight passengers. All eight passenger seats are capable of FFV. Cannot slingload vehicles.
- Mi-290 Taru (Cargo): Carries a large container that can store supplies. Cannot slingload vehicles and has the same amount of seats as the baseline variant.
- Mi-290 Taru (Transport): Carries a closed troop transport pod with a retractable ramp. It can seat up to fourteen passengers, with two of the ramp seats being FFV-able. Cannot slingload vehicles.
- Mi-290 Taru (Fuel): Carries a large fuel tank that can refuel nearby land vehicles and grounded aircraft. Cannot slingload vehicles and has the same amount of seats as the baseline variant.
- Mi-290 Taru (Medical): Aeromedical evacuation variant. It carries a closed passenger pod that has enough litters for up to three wounded soldiers and one additional attendant/flight medic. Cannot slingload vehicles.
- Mi-290 Taru (Repair): Carries a large container with spare parts, tools, and components that can repair nearby land vehicles and grounded aircraft. Cannot slingload vehicles and has the same amount of seats as the baseline variant.
All variants always have at least three seats for the crew that consists of the pilot, co-pilot, and a loadmaster.
- Black: Pattern-less chrome black paint scheme.
- Hex: Light tan/dark tan/dark green cell pattern camouflage.
Designed exclusively for transporting troops and cargo, the Mi-290 has only one type of sensor available:
Active Radar Edit
The Mi-290 does not use an active radar as it completely unarmed.
Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor Edit
The Mi-290 does not have the ability to detect targets visually or through IRST.
Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar Edit
The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 12 km.
Laser Spot Tracker Edit
The Mi-290 does not have the ability to lock onto laser marks or infrared strobes.
The Mi-290 is able to slingload and transport a variety of vehicles and equipment, including:
- Ifrits (all variants)
- Qilins (all variants)
- Offroads (all variants)
- Quad bikes
- Saif UGVs (both variants)
- Boats (including assault boats, speedboat miniguns, and rescue boats)
- Swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs)
- Taru containers (including fuel, ammo, repair, and medical)
- Supply boxes
- Items in cargo nets (including the Cargo Net (NATO), Cargo Net (Box), and Cargo Net (Barrels))
- Civilian cars and trucks (including the Zamak Transports, but excluding the Zamak Fuel and Zamak Repair)
The Mi-290's lifting abilities greatly exceed the vehicle transport version of the Xi'an. As such, the Mi-290 is the only CSAT vehicle able to airlift Ifrits (armed and unarmed), SDVs, speedboat miniguns, and Saif UGVs. Once again, it should be noted that only the standard Mi-290 is able to slingload cargo. The Ammo, Bench, Cargo, Fuel, Medical, Repair, and Transport variants do not have the ability to slingload any payloads.
For personnel transportation, all Mi-290 variants carry 3 crew members; a pilot, copilot, and loadmaster. In addition, the transport variant can carry up to 16 passengers, while the bench variant can carry up to 8 passengers. The Mi-290 medical variant is able to transport one flight medic in a seat and has stretchers which provide room for up to three casualties.
- The Taru appears to be based on a combination of two real-world airframes, the Sikorsky "CH-54 Tarhe" and the Kamov "Ka-226".