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    Post  Sujoy on Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:01 pm

    Russian Navy Tests Modified Anti-Sub Helicopter

    The Russian Navy's Northern Fleet is carrying out flight tests and warfare trials of its modified Kamov Ka-27M anti-submarine helicopter from large destroyers, the fleet's spokesman, Captain Vadim Serga, said on Monday.
    "The modernized Ka-27M (NATO codename Helix) is completing deck landings on a ship as well as trials of its main systems," he said.
    The Ka-27M has already undertaken deck landing trials on a stationary destroyer at a berth on the Kola Peninsula, he added.
    The latest sea trials will involve tests of the Ka-27M's new avionics systems in search of submarines, and trials of its radar against submarine, surface and air targets.
    "The new machine has not only had modern avionics systems installed, but also updated special missions systems," he said. In addition, it has a new radar giving 360 degree coverage and a greater search radius and simultaneous tracking of dozens of targets.
    "The modernized Ka-27M has also had its service life extended by another 10 to 15 years," Serga added.
    The Ka-27 entered service with the Soviet Navy in 1982 in an anti-submarine role. Variants include the downgraded Ka-28 export model, the Ka-29 transport helicopter and Ka-31 airborne early warning system.
    It is fitted with a dipping sonar system as well as sonobuoys, and can be armed with depth charges and torpedos.

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    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:05 pm

    Does the Ka-31 have the potential to be the Mi-35 for the VMF? I hope it gets a 2a42 or Yak-B either in its compartment or on the nose as well as provisions for hermes and Ataka-V
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:47 am

    They already have the Ka-29 with troop carrying capacity and either a 4 barrel 7.62mm gatling or 30mm cannon plus four wing hard points for weapons.

    The Ka-31 is the model with the large folding radar antenna for AEW use.

    Actually the Army is testing the Ka-31 for battle management and AEW purposes...

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    Post  Cyberspec on Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:44 am

    Interesting news regarding the Ka-27M upgrade.

    Ka-27M has passed the first round of tests

    SAINT-PETERSBURG, July 6. The first stage of state joint flight tests of the modernized Ka-27M equipped with on-board radar with an active phased array antenna FH-A, a development of "Fazotron-NIIR" has been completed.


    "Installing the helicopter radar with an active phased array is the basis of the modernization of the helicopter," - told "Interfax" a source in the military-industrial complex. He said that the radar FH-A is part of the command and tactical radar system (RKTS).

    RKTS FH-A provides control of the territory in a circular field of view, or in a given sector, searching and detection of surface, air and ground targets, moving target, detecting and mapping the coastline of the land surface with high resolution, discrete escort coordinate ground and sea targets with preservation survey area; detection and coordinate hazardous meteorological formations; correction navigation devices.

    "This system will bring together many other systems on board the helicopter: acoustic, magnetometric systems, and signals intelligence, including radar. In this case, all the information from other systems is displayed on the LED instrumentation, "- said the source.

    Radar FH-A is located under the fuselage of the helicopter Ka-27M. It provides an overview of the circular surface and airspace.

    In the near future, following the first stage of state joint tests (ICG) Ka-27M will be issued a preliminary conclusion of the customer - Russian Navy aviation. Complete the state joint tests of the Ka-27M is scheduled for the end of the year, continuous upgrading of front Ka-27 will begin in 2014 in the framework of the state defense order.

    We note, in St. Petersburg continues 6th International Maritime Defence Show

    http://news.mail.ru/politics/13794336/
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:27 pm

    So the first Russian AESA equipped aircraft could be a helo...
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    Post  xeno on Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:54 pm

    Something must be wrong with that report. It is not a AESA, not at all.
    The interview article on Take-off magazine never mentions radar on ka-27M is AESA.
    Actually the radar sample (or mockup) has be shown in past exhibtions if I am not wrong.
    They(Take-off) do mention the radar on Ka-52K could be AESA, which I think the possibility will be 1%.
    Russians don't even make AESA for Vityaz, how can they invent some AESA for Ka-52K? Needless to say Ka-27M...(both of them are far far less important and much lower budget than Vityaz project)
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:36 pm

    I have read several other reports of the same news that don't mention AFAR, it is just misreported.
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    Post  TR1 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:36 pm

    xeno wrote:Something must be wrong with that report. It is not a AESA, not at all.
    The interview article on Take-off magazine never mentions radar on ka-27M is AESA.
    Actually the radar sample (or mockup) has be shown in past exhibtions if I am not wrong.
    They(Take-off) do mention the radar on Ka-52K could be AESA, which I think the possibility will be 1%.
    Russians don't even make AESA for Vityaz, how can they invent some AESA for Ka-52K? Needless to say Ka-27M...(both of them are far far less important and much lower budget than Vityaz project)

    Not that I agree that the Kamov has an AESA, but that logic is terrible.

    The Zhuk-AE has gotten very little federal funding compared to AD systems, and yet has been flying with an AESA for years.
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    Post  xeno on Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:50 pm

    Such a case is really rare, actually it is the only one.
    And it is rumoured that 37 mig-35 MOD ordered will be equiped with Zhuk-M, which is understandable and virtually turns Mig-35 into Mig-29M2(the most important difference between those two is Radar).
    Zhuk-A does need some very good luck to be chosen by Mod for those migs as these days Russian Mod seems to hate AESA so much and be obsessed to PESA or Mechanic so much.
    (OK, real reason is, I believe, Russia has problem to produce T/R units in large scale, although they can design good AESA and manufacture T/R units in small amount)
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    Post  Cyberspec on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:49 am

    1. It could be a journalistic mistake but the report is all over the Ru Net and so far I haven't seen any denials or corrections

    2. The name of the radar is given as well as the manufacturer. It could be a private development of Fazotron for a counter offer to the MOD

    We'll see what info comes out of this in the next few days.

    Actually the radar sample (or mockup) has be shown in past exhibtions if I am not wrong

    They tested a Ka-27 with the Kopyo radar but that was back in 2004/05
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:25 am

    (OK, real reason is, I believe, Russia has problem to produce T/R units in large scale, although they can design good AESA and manufacture T/R units in small amount)

    Or more realistically that the AESA radars are good but not amazing compared with the much much cheaper PESA. Over time AESA will get cheaper so why waste lots of money now and tie up AESA module production at a time when systems like the radar for the S-400 which will need thousands and thousands of modules per radar each will likely be being worked on. It makes perfect sense to not waste too much money now on AESA radars when in 5 years time they will likely be in massive production and be much much cheaper... unless WWIII happens in the next 5 years there wont be that much of a difference to ordinary units while the money saved can be spent on other things like new missiles etc.

    Keep in mind at a time when the US is spending more on "defence" than any other group of countries they still did not deploy the radar on every single AH-64D to reduce costs and it wasn't even an AESA.

    If we were talking about going from an old cassegrain antenna straight to AESA then the performance issues make a good case to go all AESA, but PESA is very good too and much much cheaper.
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    Post  Notio on Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:51 am

    xeno wrote:Something must be wrong with that report. It is not a AESA, not at all.
    The interview article on Take-off magazine never mentions radar on ka-27M is AESA.
    Actually the radar sample (or mockup) has be shown in past exhibtions if I am not wrong.
    They(Take-off) do mention the radar on Ka-52K could be AESA, which I think the possibility will be 1%.
    Russians don't even make AESA for Vityaz, how can they invent some AESA for Ka-52K? Needless to say Ka-27M...(both of them are far far less important and much lower budget than Vityaz project)

    Phazotron-NIIR's General Designer Yuri Guskov said in an interview already in 2011 that Ka-27 will commence trials with an AESA. So you are probably absolutely wrong.

    http://www.ato.ru/content/aesa-radars-are-remarkably-reliable
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    Post  Cyberspec on Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:58 am

    Finally the first 2 Ka-27M to enter service by the end of 2014.

    Arrow http://vpk-news.ru/news/21557

    The main new feature is the Kopyo-A radar

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    Post  Mike E on Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:04 am

    Good, the more advanced the ASW technology the better. It should be #1 for all navies.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:28 pm

    Ka-27 Helicopters to Receive New Command and Tactical System

    Eight Ka-27 helicopters of the Russian Navy will be repaired, upgraded and fitted with a new radar command and tactical system. Russia plans to upgrade a total of 46 rotorcraft of this type. This information was presented by First Deputy CEO and Chief Designer of Russia’s Fazotron-NIIR, Yury Guskov.

    “The Russian Navy has decided to upgrade 46 Ka-27 helicopters prior to adopting new helicopters based on the Ka-50/Ka-52. The work will be carried out at JSC Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise,” the official said.

    The new FHA system will include an airborne radar and a computer. The modernized Ka-27M will be able to detect all types of ships and submarines and will have an increased range of detection and destruction.

    “The helicopter with the FHA system has already passed state tests. Therefore, the first eight Ka-27Ms will be delivered to the Russian Navy in 2015,” Mr. Guskov concluded.
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    Post  max steel on Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:06 pm

    Updated Ka-27 Helicopter to Join Russian Navy in 2015


    A batch of Kamov Ka-27 ship-based antisubmarine warfare helicopters will be repaired and upgraded by the Russian Helicopters Holding Company, with the first updated units slated to enter service already before the end of this year, the company press service said Thursday.

    "The pilot helicopter, equipped with modern target detection and identification gear, has successfully undergone state trials. It is capable of detecting and tracking submerged and surface targets, engaging them with onboard weapons or communicating the obtained data to the fleet.

    The upgrade of the Ka-27 aircraft will continue through 2016-2017,” the statement said.

    “Successful modernization of the Ka-27 enables us to offer similar upgrades of the Ka-28 export units currently in use abroad, or offer our foreign buyers the very latest, expanded, version of this helicopter,” the company press service said.

    http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150402/1020378939.html#ixzz3WBFJeu67
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    Post  Cyberspec on Tue May 19, 2015 9:08 am

    The modernized Ka-27M, equipped with onboard radar AFAR "Kopyo-A" has successfully passed state tests
    http://www.sdelanounas.ru/blogs/62512/

    They're planning to upgrade 8 helicopters this year
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    Post  Cyberspec on Wed May 20, 2015 11:30 am

    A few more details...

    Upgraded ASW helicopter Ka-27M features a new search-targeting system "Kasatka-VB" and new radar created by "Fazotron-NIIR". The new radar, called "Kopio-A", allows circular radar overview with a radius of 250 km from the simultaneous tracking of up to 50 targets and determining their exact coordinates.

    "Kasatka" elements:

    -Optoelectronic Systems with:Thermal channel, TV channel, Laser Rangefinder
    -ELINT system
    -Dipping sonar
    -magnetometer
    -other minor sub systems

    http://www.radar-mms.com/Product.aspx?product_11_1

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    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:46 am

    The Ka-29 aboard the "Yellow 39" in Yeisk

    An interesting photo shoot of one of the three are now in flying condition of transport and combat helicopters Ka-29 naval aviation of the Russian Navy - a helicopter with the hull number "39 Yellow" (RF-registration number 34188), operating in 859th Combat Center implementation and training of flight crews of naval aviation of the Russian Navy in Yeisk. The photos were taken in July 25, 2015.

    As part of this 859th Center is also Ka-29 with tail number "Yellow 38" (registration RF-34194). In addition, as part of Northern Fleet aircraft operated helicopter Ka-29 with tail number "23 Red".

    Total from 1977 to 1988 were built three prototypes and 59 series helicopters Ka-29, seven of which after the collapse of the Soviet Union moved to Ukraine (two of them are now in flying condition).

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    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:53 pm

    Newest early warning radar-carrying helicopter Ka-35 authorized for service

    The Ka-35 is equipped with a rotating laterally oriented antenna

    MOSCOW, August 25. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces have authorized for service the newest early warning radar-carrying helicopter Ka-35, a source in the defense-industrial complex has told TASS.

    "The Ka-35 has passed all tests and has been authorized for service," the source said.

    The source recalled the previous generation helicopter Ka-31, developed for performing early warning functions.

    "It is a relatively old aircraft," he said. "It was developed a while ago for performing a number of roles, such as providing protection for project 1143 ships. It proved highly efficient in this capacity," he said.

    The Ka-31 designers coped with a number of complex technical problems, such as the presence of a large antenna rotating under the fuselage. These solutions proved very helpful in designing the Ka-35 which is equipped with a rotating laterally oriented antenna.
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    Post  franco on Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:46 pm

    Navy to receive first modernized Ka-27M's in December;
    https://en.ria.ru/military/201611291047980098-aviation-russia-helicopter/
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    Post  George1 on Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:39 pm

    Yes 8 says here

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/201611291047980098-aviation-russia-helicopter/
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    Post  Austin on Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:00 pm

    Russian Navy receives first upgraded Ka-27M

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    The first upgraded Ka-27M 'Helix' anti-submarine warfare was delivered to the Russian Navy by KumAPP in mid-December. Source: Russian Helicopters


    The Kumertau Aircraft Production Enterprise (KumAPP) has handed over the first modernised Ka-72M anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter to the Russian Navy, Russian Helicopters announced on 19 December.

    A first batch of eight Ka-27Ms is set to be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence by the end of the year, Vladislav Savelyev, deputy chief executive officer for sales of Russian Helicopters, stated.

    The helicopters will be deployed to air bases attached to Russia's Black Sea and Northern Fleets, and also to the Yeysk naval aviation training centre.

    The Kumertau factory began repairs (in order to extend service life) and upgrades of these eight helicopters to Ka-27M standard at the beginning of 2015. Russia's National Armament Programme provides for the upgrade of 46 helicopters to Ka-27M standard by 2018, the number planned to be kept after 2020. However, only two upgrade contracts have been signed as of yet, for a total of 22 helicopters (eight plus 14).

    The Ka-27M (also designated izdeliye 27D2) upgrade programme was launched in the early 2000s. The helicopter's rotor system, powerplant, and airframe are unchanged while the mission system is completely new. The Ka-27M's mission system includes the Phazotron-NIIR Bumerang (Boomerang) radar command-tactical system, integrated around the helicopter's FHA radar; the new Kema radio sonobuoy system with RGB-16MK buoys; upgraded Ros'-VM dipping sonar; new MMS-27 fixed magnetic anomaly detector; electronic support measures suite; data link; a navigator's tactical display; and a SSP-V-27M satellite system for deck landings.

    The Ka-27M can be armed with all available Russian weapons in the appropriate class, including APR-3 anti-submarine rocket torpedoes.

    The FHA radar alone, without the other elements of the mission system, has been proposed as an upgrade for Russia's Ka-27PS search and rescue helicopters.
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    Post  hoom on Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:24 pm

    This may be a pretty big deal: new AESA radar, ECM, comms, sonobuoys, MAD & dipping sonar combined with new combat system.
    Seems to be the first significant post-Soviet upgrade for the Ka-27s.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:01 am

    Russian Navy refurbished Ka-29 helicopters

    December 21, 2016 JSC "Helicopters of Russia" (part of the State Corporation Rostec) reported that the party has completed the shipment of naval transport and combat helicopters Ka-29, which took place at the facilities of repair in Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise.

    "Helicopters have passed all necessary tests and will soon be made available to the air base of the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy. For helicopters Ka-29 were produced works on capital repair of columns rotor motors and gearboxes as well as updated the paint."

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    Comment bmpd. Apparently, we are talking about the transfer to Russian Naval Aviation of six overhauled helicopters Ka-29, for the repair of a contract which was listed in the work plan of JSC "Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise" (KumAPP) for 2016. The contract value is 435 million rubles. (Thus the price of the repair of the helicopter is 72.5 million rubles).

    This transfer will significantly increase the fleet of existing helicopters Ka-29 in naval aviation of the Russian Navy, as at present, in flying condition in the Russian Navy were only four Ka-29 - two cars bearing the number "38 Yellow" (RF-34194 registration number) and "39 yellow" (registration number RF-34188) are operated in 859th Center of deployment and training of flight crews for Russian Navy aviation in Yeisk and helicopters Ka-29, tail number "23 red" and "75 red" in part of aircraft in Northern fleet (the last two are currently at war patrol aboard the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral of the fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov").

    Total from 1977 to 1988 were built three prototypes and 59 series helicopters Ka-29, seven of which after the collapse of the USSR were ceded to Ukraine (two of them are now in flying condition).

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