|Type||Heavy Utility Helicopter|
|Seats|| All variants: 3 seats:
Bench variant: 11 seats:
Transport variant: 19 seats:
Medical variant: 7 seats:
|Item capacity|| Max: 4000 kg
|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-engine, heavy-lift utility helicopter that uses a distinctive coaxial rotor system which removes the need for a tail rotor. It is unique for its ability to utilise interchangeable mission pods, which grant the Mi-290 a diverse array of performable roles, from transporting troops into battle, to providing air medical services.
It is available in up to eight variants, each variant featuring a mission pod that is fixed to the Mi-290's fuselage, which is 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; a medical 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 features much better manoeuvrability and a more compact air-frame, enabling it to transport troops and cargo into smaller landing zones.
In addition, unlike the Huron which is specialised exclusively as a troop transport with moderate slingloading capabilities (and uses a more traditional helicopter design), the Mi-290's unique mission pod capability allows it to do much more than just transport troops.
This multi-role capability does come at a cost of armament however, as while it does possess countermeasures and an RWR to ward-off and notify the crew of (respectively) anti-air threats, the Mi-290 is completely helpless should it come under fire. This necessitates the need for an escort when operating in hostile territory, as unlike the Huron it cannot defend itself from enemy threats. Another downside is the exposed and unarmoured cockpit, which does little to protect the pilot and his crew from enemy fire.
- Mi-290 Taru: Baseline variant. Can slingload most (non-tracked) ground vehicles but otherwise has no 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 can be fired from. 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, two of which can fire out of the entrance. 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): Medevac variant. It carries a closed passenger pod with enough benches 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 load-master.
- 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 sling-load 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 mini-guns, and rescue boats)
- Swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs)
- Taru containers/pods (including fuel, ammo, repair, and medical)
- The "Cargo Container (Short, Military Green)"
- Supply boxes
- Items in cargo nets (including the Cargo Net (NATO), Cargo Net (Box), and Cargo Net (Barrels), and Cargo Net (Sacks))
- Civilian cars, vans, 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, minigun speedboats, and Saif UGVs. Once again, it should be noted that only the standard Mi-290 is able to sling-load cargo. The Ammo, Bench, Cargo, Fuel, Medical, Repair, and Transport variants do not have the ability to sling-load any payloads.
For personnel transportation, all Mi-290 variants seat 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 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".