|Weights and loads|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||?|
|Power load (kg/hp)||5.8|
|Maximum Speed (with attachments)||220km/h|
|Maximum Speed (clean)||300km/h|
|Operational||1 to 15 m|
|Hopper or Fluid tank||1050l (400l)|
Advanced agricultural aircraft by Sukhoj OKB carries striking similarity with World-recognized aerobatic aircraft, except the hump-looking pilots cabin. Its is a classic duster, capable to disperse liquid and solid substances, as well as to perform aerial seeding. Su-38 may be also used as a firefighter against minor blazes.
|Engine||1000hp ASh-62IR||360hp M-14P|
|Length X Wingspan||12.4x18.3m||7.63x11.5m|
|Takeoff Run||200m||300m (airstrip demand)|
Small aircraft carries a 1050l chemicals tank. This is 54% of the prominent An-2M duster, while the empty weight is 1/3 of the biplane veteran. Such increase of the weight efficiency is achieved by advanced airdynamic in combination with modern materials - Su-38 is whole-composite design.
Composites also provide necessary fire safety, corrosion resistance, service resource (10000h) and comfort. Pilot's cabin is pressurized (ventilation type) with air cleaning system appropriate for operations with chemicals. Adjustable seat and ergonomic controls create comfortable conditions for pilot while performing the job.
In June 2000 AO KB Sukhoj signed a decision to accelerate trials and certification of S-38L (SU-38L), declaring small duster its top priority civil project. Estimated market - 800 to 900 aircraft (Russian alone - 500).
Mass production of Su-38L is planned at "RazdanMash" plant at Armenia and at KAPO (Kazan Aviation-Industrial Complex) of Tatarstan.
It appears that some parameters of the aircraft have been revised, and technical data will be corrected as more information became available. There is also quite a mix of designations: S-38, Su-38, any of above with suffix "L" (Light). I wonder if this "L" is a designation of revised lightened variant with weaker engine...
|Created January 25, 1996
Modified January 02, 2000