Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant is manufacturing two Ka-226T prototype helicopters for India
As reported on November 26, 2020, Russian Helicopters JSC (part of the Rostec State Corporation), the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant JSC, which is part of it, has completed the preparation of the fuselage assembly line for the Ka-226T light helicopter. The line has produced two fuselages, which will be transferred to JSC "Technodinamika" at the end of November for testing an accident-resistant fuel system. Fuselage of one of two prototypes of Ka-226T helicopters for India manufactured at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant JSC. Ulan-Ude, November 2020 (c) Russian Helicopters JSC
During the visit to Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov got acquainted with the assembly line of the Ka-226T helicopter. Until the end of 2020, U-UAZ will assemble a number of stands and assemblies of the Ka-226T helicopter for static, dynamic and life tests. In particular, the production of a test bench for bird resistance and a test bench for windshield cleaning systems is currently being completed.
"Now we are focused on the manufacture of fuselages and machine units for various tests, but at the same time we are working on the creation of prototypes of the Ka-226T helicopter, which we expect to fly into the air in the first half of 2021," explained U-UAZ managing director Leonid White.
To date, the enterprise has already produced thousands of items of equipment: from small templates to large-sized assembly slipways. In September, a slipway for the general fuselage assembly of the Ka-226T helicopter was manufactured and installed, into which already manufactured units are laid: the cockpit bottom, middle and central fuselage compartments, tail booms and tail assembly.
A complete set of design documentation (CD), taking into account all the requirements of a potential customer (Ministry of Defense of the Republic of India) is currently being transferred to the plant, this process will be completed by the end of the year.
The Ka-226T light multi-purpose helicopter with a twin-rotor coaxial carrier system has a maximum take-off weight of 3.6 tons and is capable of carrying up to 1 ton of payload. The Ka-226T became the first machine in the domestic helicopter industry, the development of which was carried out entirely in virtual space without the use of paper media. This makes it possible to significantly reduce risks and costs, both for the development of the helicopter itself and for making changes during the subsequent modernization of the machine.
How reminiscent of the news agency "Interfax", the intergovernmental agreement between Russia and India on cooperation in the helicopter industry was signed in 2015. However, the contract for 200 Ka-226T helicopters with a total value of $ 1 billion has not yet been concluded.
In February 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that the start of production of the Ka-226T jointly with India is scheduled for 2021.
According to the agreement signed in 2015, the Russian Helicopters holding organizes deliveries to India and the localization of production in this country of the Russian Ka-226T helicopter and its modifications in the amount of 200 units, of which at least 140 machines will be produced at the facilities of the joint venture in India. The agreement also provides for the maintenance, operation, repair of helicopters and the provision of their technical support.
It is planned that the production of the Ka-226T for the Indian customer at the first stage will be carried out in Ulan-Ude, and then gradually transferred to the site of the Russian-Indian joint venture Indo-Russian Helicopters Limited in India. Currently, the Ka-226T is produced at the Kumertau Aviation Enterprise (KumAPP) in Bashkiria.