The Ka-29s look beautiful. But not commercially available. Sub-optimal and inconvenient for the landing. And they were built back in the USSR. But Russia has nothing else.
Currently, four landing ships are under construction in the Russian Federation. A couple of ships of the improved project 11711 with increased displacement (very strange and very irrational, I must say) are being built by the Yantar plant. Each of these helicopters carries two multipurpose (landing) helicopters.
Two more large landing ships of the "usual" project 11711 - "Ivan Gren" and "Pyotr Morgunov" have already been built. But the most important thing is the two UDC projects 23900 "laid down" in the Crimea, with which everything is also very, very "difficult".
And it is the latter who pose another problem to the country. UDC is of little use without special naval helicopters - landing and attack ones. And if everything is more or less good with attack helicopters, we have a serial Ka-52K, then with landing helicopters everything is bad. They simply do not exist.
Those interested in the UDC issue can familiarize themselves with the corresponding article in the "VPK-Courier" (please note that the title and some headings are editorial). The important thing in all this is that the press estimates the composition of the air group of each of the UDC at about 16-20 helicopters.
Thus, if we take the minimum estimate of 16 machines, of which, for example, 12 are the Ka-29, and four are the Ka-52K, then the carrier helicopters of the BDK and both UDCs will require 32 helicopters of the Ka-29 type. And we also need several cars in the Combat Use Center. And you also need to compensate for the losses that are inevitable in any military conflict. It is necessary to teach technicians on some helicopters. But Ka-29s are not produced in our country, and the resumption of their production is not planned.
A total of 59 units were built, some of which have already been lost in disasters, for example - “A Russian military helicopter Ka-29 crashed in the Baltic Sea. There were two crew members on board, both were killed . " People cannot be returned, but the fact that the loss of the helicopter is irreparable is very wrong. But this is exactly the case.
Where is the Ministry of Defense going to get the Ka-29 from?