The case of theft in the Ka-62 helicopter program
As reported on October 17, 2020 by the TASS news agency , the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened three criminal cases on embezzlement of about 3.6 billion rubles during the construction and design of the Ka-62 helicopter against officials of the Russian Helicopters holding, the Kamov company and the Ministry industry and trade. This was reported to TASS by a law enforcement source.
“In total, three criminal cases are being investigated, the total damage for which may amount to 3.6 billion rubles. At present, the investigation is in an active stage and identifies all the accomplices of the criminal group, including the as yet unidentified officials [of the companies] Russian Helicopters, Kamov and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, ”he said.
According to the source, the first of three criminal cases of fraud (Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) was initiated in July 2019, the second - at the end of October of the same year in the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Moscow Region on the basis of materials from the inspection of the Moscow Region Prosecutor's Office and the Economic Security Service (SEB ) FSB of Russia.
As follows from the materials of the cases that TASS reviewed, unidentified officials of Kamov JSC (contractor) in the period from 2012 to 2014 handed over development work to the customer of Russian Helicopters JSC as completed in full.
They included the manufacture of two fuselages and the final assembly of the Ka-62 prototype helicopter, the creation of a full-scale Ka-62 stand and its transportation to JSC KumAPP, as well as the development and manufacture of starter-generators for the Ka-62.
The investigation believes that these works were not done in full. “Thus, the Russian Federation suffered damage in the amount of 162.7 million rubles,” the documents say.
The second case concerns the period from 2013 to 2016. At that time, according to the case file, unidentified officials from JSC Kamov signed contracts with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, which they handed over the same helicopters and stands as Russian Helicopters, and also did not complete the assembly of two helicopters.
The total damage in this case amounted to more than 700 million rubles. The injured party in the case is Russian Helicopters JSC.
The third case was opened in September this year. The source did not give his storyline.
TASS has not yet received official comments from the investigating authorities, Russian Helicopters and JSC Kamov.
Lieutenant General Nikolai Gryaznov, former deputy general director of Russian Helicopters holding company for security and the amount of the alleged damage. "I think that those internal investigations, which are carried out by our security service, the materials that we have received, say that there [in the" Helicopters of Russia "] were huge embezzlement in the construction and design of the helicopters," - he said.
Gryaznov said that the state tasks that were given were practically not fulfilled, although the money was paid for it.
“Moreover, the helicopter was built, but it does not meet the technical characteristics and standards that were originally laid down, [revealed] a bunch of violations in the design, construction, operation, the helicopter constantly gets into emergency situations,” added Gryaznov.
According to him, during an official audit in 2015-2016, an independent examination of the design of the Ka-62 was carried out, which showed that 3 billion rubles of budget funds were either spent on the wrong purposes, or stolen. He clarified that the spending of this money was not documented.
The Ka-62 is a medium multipurpose helicopter currently being tested. At the end of May 2017, it made its first test flight at the site of the Arsenyev Aviation Company "Progress". The flight lasted 15 minutes at a speed of 110 km / h and showed that all the necessary modifications to the helicopter were successfully completed. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation plans to sell 365 Ka-62s by 2030. The main areas of application of the Ka-62 include passenger transportation, rescue operations, and work in the oil and gas field.
Later, the Russian Helicopters holding confirmed to TASS that it was cooperating with law enforcement officers on the creation of the Ka-62 helicopter, but the earlier declared amount of damage of up to 3.6 billion rubles could not be confirmed.
Russian Helicopters Holding is cooperating with law enforcement agencies on the creation of the Ka-62 helicopter in 2011-2016, however, it would be incorrect to comment on the details before the conclusions of law enforcement agencies, especially since the holding does not have official information on the initiation of criminal cases in relation to specific (former or current) employees and do not have information to confirm the amount of damage, "the holding told TASS.
As a source in the investigating authorities told TASS earlier, the Investigative Committee opened three criminal cases of large-scale fraud in the construction and design of the Ka-62 against officials of Russian Helicopters, Kamov and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. According to him, the amount of damage to the budget of the Russian Federation can reach up to 3.6 billion rubles.
The interlocutor of the agency specified that the investigation is currently in an active stage and identifies all the accomplices of the criminal group, including officials of Russian Helicopters, Kamov and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
From the bmpd side, recallthat the program for the creation of the Ka-62 helicopter is progressing extremely slowly, continuing the sad traditions of this record long-term construction of the domestic helicopter industry - work on the original B-60 project was started at the Kamov Design Bureau back in the late 1970s. The first first flight prototype of the Ka-62 helicopter under the designation OP-1 (registration number RA-00000, replaced by RA-621 in the fall of 2017), built by PJSC Arsenyevskaya Aviation Company Progress named after N.I. Sazykin "of the holding" Russian Helicopters "(part of the State Corporation" Rostec "), performed the first hover on April 28, 2016 and made the first full-profile flight in Arsenyev on May 25, 2017. However, then flights on OP-1 were not performed for nine months due to modifications and factory flight tests were resumed.only on February 15, 2018, continuing very sluggishly.
The second was actually launched into the air in August 2019, built by AAK Progress, the third flight prototype of the OP-3 helicopter (tail number 623).
The second built pilot prototype of the OP-2 helicopter, manufactured by AAK Progress, was first publicly demonstrated at the Eastern Economic Forum on Russky Island in Vladivostok in September 2017, but it was only taken into the air on December 27, 2019.
In addition, two non-flying prototypes of the Ka-62 were built - the full-scale resource stand of the Ka-62 No. 01RS (NS-762) for testing the transmission and the carrier system, located in Kumertau, and a non-flying specimen built back in 2013 (serial number 97876210102, registration number RA-62002), which has been used since 2014 for strength and endurance tests carried out on a contract basis at Aviatest LNK in Riga (Latvia).
The Ka-62 helicopter is powered by two Safran Helicopter Engines (formerly Turbomeca) Ardiden 3G French turboshaft engines. The first flight prototypes of the Ka-62 were equipped withreducers and transmissions of the rotor and tail rotor developed by the Austrian company Zoerkler Gears GmbH & Co. KG. Serial helicopters are supposed to be equipped with Russian-made gearboxes.