miketheterrible wrote:VK-800 is ready. Modifications for Ansat is also apparently ready too. I think next Russian Ansat orders are to be equipped with VK-800. At least VK-800S is to be certified next year.
Ansat is to replace Mi-2. Which ton are in service.
The turboprop version of the VK-800 should be certified next year, but the turboshaft version should be ready in 6 years (maybe they meant 6 years for serial production capability).
I posted yesterday about it in the Russian Airforce/United Engine corporation thread
(Full article here)
MOSCOW, July 18 - RIA News. The creation of a domestic engine for the Ansat helicopter in four years is an ambitious task, most likely it will take six years, the general director of the Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM) named after P.I. Baranova Mikhail Gordin.
And anyway, most of Mi-2 were made in Poland.
About french helicopters in Serbia...
Military helicopter crashes in Serbia
July 19, 2019 at 11:34 Topic: PE , Foreign
In Serbia, during a training flight, a military helicopter Aerospatiale Gazelle Ho-42 crashed .On this Friday, July 19, reportsRBC with reference to the Ministry of Defense of Serbia.
The helicopter belonged to the 98th Airborne Brigade of the Air Force and Serbian Air Defense Forces. The incident occurred on Thursday, July 18, at about 19:10 local time (20:10 Moscow time), near the village of Rutevac in the Aleksinac community.
The helicopter performed a training flight and practiced the landing. On board the car were two crew members. They did not receive serious injuries.
Aerospatiale Gazelle - French multipurpose helicopter. It is in service with the armies of France, Britain, Egypt, Lebanon and Serbia. Used in many armed conflicts as a military transport and anti-tank helicopter
Ah, I must correct myself, the Ansat is.quite bigger than the gazelle, but the new airbus helicopter replacing the gazelle (the H145M) has practically the same size as the Ansat.
There was a combat version in plan for the ansat, the Ansat-2rts, but I have not heard anything recently about it. It's probable that they will wait for the availability of the VK-800 turboshaft before offering this combat version, also because Pratt&Whitney will probably "block" the delivery of engines for combat helicopters.