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    Ka-226 and Kazan Ansat LUHs


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    Re: Ka-226 and Kazan Ansat LUHs

    Post  d_taddei2 on Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:22 am

    I agree of course your own engines is a better option but it seems that when they designed it they used western engines for silly reasons. But the Iran option was a way of avoiding western engines and sanctions and ad for USA complaining let them it's effectively an iranian engine regardless of origins so they can sell to who they want. And USA hasn't complained about Iran using it and they hate Iran. And don't forget that Russia is still supplying rocket engines to USA for now. I just think in future if an Russian engine isn't available an iranian one would be a safer option. But Russia is doing the sensible thing now and making most of its own parts etc

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    Re: Ka-226 and Kazan Ansat LUHs

    Post  GarryB on Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:44 am

    The reason they were forced to use western engines is because they had none of their own in that weight class.

    Medium and light helicopters were not made in the Former Soviet Union... the Mi-2 was designed by Mil but produced in a warsaw pact country.

    When that relationship stopped they could either continue to buy from what was now an unfriendly country that soon became part of NATO, or develop their own products... it was easy enough to develop new light helos, but new engines are not so easy to put together.

    They went with French and American engines simply because they were already developed and would make their products more popular on the international market. Now however it makes more sense for them to spend money and develop new engines of their own... not cheap and not fast but in the long term the best option.

    Buying engines from Iran or China is not a long term solution either.

    Note many of the similar situations involved licence production first and then domestic evolution of the product, like thermal imagers etc.

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