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    Russian Civil Helicopters: News

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    Post  GarryB Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:02 am

    Yes, it is good news that there was no fatalities in either case, but it is certainly something that needs investigation...

    BTW the Ka-60 was mostly rejected for the recon role in the Russian military because of its French engines... it will have to wait for Russian engines to be ready before they will consider it for the light helicopter roles it has.

    The Ka-226T looks more flexible and appears to have more potential, but a small Ka-62 that can replace all the old Mi-2 Hoplites still in use and of course the western helicopters like the Euro Squirrel and the American Jetranger will be a good thing for Kamov to fill that gap in their inventory.

    The Ka-52 is a much heavier aircraft but I think it makes a better recon helicopter... it is certainly not stealthy but it fills the niche the Comanche was going to fill as a companion to the Mi-28NM.
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    Post  GarryB Fri Oct 01, 2021 4:34 am

    Looks a bit like an American helicopter to be honest... one of those Sea Stallions... or perhaps a Puma...
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    Post  George1 Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:07 am

    Russian Helicopters expects certification of Ka-62 this year - holding

    https://tass.com/defense/1363571

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    Post  PapaDragon Thu Dec 16, 2021 11:04 pm


    First flight of Mi-171-A3


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    Post  George1 Sun Jan 30, 2022 3:49 am

    Ka-62: From military to civil
    https://rt.vk34.ru/blog/post/news/ka-62-iz-voennyh-v-grazhdanskie?fbclid=IwAR3-KLHo7L3ycFvHiskOpWnDgIi3HBlV-XNOPeQzQ25qxdIiB4Gy2vogCM0

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    Post  flamming_python Mon Jan 31, 2022 9:02 am

    GarryB wrote:Looks a bit like an American helicopter to be honest... one of those Sea Stallions... or perhaps a Puma...

    Or a Sea King
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    Post  Mir Mon Jan 31, 2022 9:35 am

    flamming_python wrote:
    Or a Sea King

    I can see a lot of Super Frelon in there and a touch of Mi-38 as well Cool

    Basically a heavily modernized Super Frelon. I quite like it.
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    Russian Civil Helicopters: News - Page 2 Empty The upgraded Ka-32A11BC made its first flight with VK-2500PS-02 engines

    Post  Podlodka77 Fri Oct 07, 2022 7:29 am

    07.10.2022
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    The upgraded Ka-32A11BC made its first flight with VK-2500PS-02 engines



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    The Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation has begun the next stage of testing the modernized Ka-32A11BC helicopter, capable of extinguishing fires at low temperatures. The rotorcraft performed its first flight with VK-2500PS-02 engines, its duration was 37 minutes. During the tests, the stable operation of all systems was confirmed, stability and high controllability were demonstrated.

    The VK-2500PS-02 engines, which power the modernized Ka-32A11BC, were developed and manufactured by UEC-Klimov, which is part of the Rostec United Engine Corporation. The use of new power plants made it possible to improve the flight performance of the rotorcraft, expanded the possibilities for operating the helicopter, including when working with an external sling.

    “The first successful flight of the Ka-32A11BC with turboshaft engines is a milestone event. Over the years of operation, the helicopter has established itself as an efficient and reliable machine. The VK-2500PS-02 engines increase the stability and safety of helicopter control in strong crosswinds, including in high altitude conditions. This will expand the geography of the use of the machine in extinguishing forest fires and conducting emergency rescue operations. We plan to complete all certification tests in the third quarter of 2023,” said Anatoly Serdyukov, industrial director of the Rostec aviation cluster.

    The upgraded Ka-32A11BC is the world's first helicopter capable of putting out fires at sub-zero temperatures. This opportunity was provided by a unique domestic suspended fire extinguishing system SP-32 with a water heating function. Its capacity is up to 4000 liters with the possibility of using 400 liters of foam agent. Thanks to a more powerful water intake system, the tank is automatically filled in just 60 seconds - 25% faster than in the previous version of the helicopter. Among the options that provide fire fighting are the VSU-5 suspended spillway devices and a water gun for horizontal fire extinguishing.

    In addition, the helicopter is equipped with modern emergency equipment, as well as a "glass cockpit" - a digital flight and navigation system with display indication. The Ka-32A11BC is capable of extinguishing fires in conditions of heavy smoke, on the last floors of high-rise buildings and oil and gas industry facilities.

    “The modernization program provides for the revision of previously released helicopters of the Ka-32 family. In total, more than 260 Ka-32 helicopters in various modifications have been produced at the Kumertau enterprise of the holding. At the same time, the Ka-32A11BC is recognized as one of the most effective firefighting helicopters in the world. The twin-rotor design of this line of rotorcraft provides their unique maneuverability in vertical and horizontal planes, increases stability, as well as piloting comfort. This is especially important when performing emergency rescue operations and extinguishing fires in difficult ground conditions or in dense urban areas, including near high-rise buildings, when the flight and stable hovering of the helicopter are hampered by wind vortex flows,” emphasized the first deputy general director of the holding “ Russian Helicopters” Oleg Gulyaev.

    The updated Ka-32A11BC is adapted for the use of night vision goggles. The capabilities of the helicopter can be expanded by installing additional surveillance, navigation and other target equipment integrated into the airborne flight and navigation system.


    https://vpk.name/news/638613_modernizirovannyi_ka-32a11vs_sovershil_pervyi_polet_s_dvigatelyami_vk-2500ps-02.html


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    Post  lancelot Fri Oct 21, 2022 12:33 pm

    This news report seems kind of optimistic to me. Klimov being Klimov. But it is what it is.

    Import substitution for Ansat helicopters is planned to be completed in 2023
    21.10.2022

    The Kazan Helicopter Plant intends to complete the import substitution program for Ansat helicopters next year. This was announced on October 20 during the annual appeal to the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan informed head of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

    Minnikhanov noted the importance of maintaining the pace of production for all models by the enterprise. Annually Kazan Helicopter Plant produces at least 100 helicopters.

    At the beginning of August 2022, during a meeting of the coordinating council of machine-building enterprises of the Republic of Tatarstan, dedicated to import substitution in the aircraft industry, Alexey Garipov, Deputy Managing Director - Chief Designer of OKB KVZ declared that the design bureau is working to present the Ansat helicopter in a fully domestic configuration as soon as possible.

    According to him, the vehicle is being reassembled without components from Ukraine, the USA and Europe. “In fact, we are rebuilding the vehicle again. But we were seriously preparing, we had certain groundwork, and there is every chance of meeting the deadlines, and in 2024 we will return the vehicle to the market,” he said.

    Of the 14 positions of key components, ten of them have either completed the process of import substitution or are at the final stage. For example, German foam plastic and blades will be replaced by VIAM, Ukrainian hydraulic pumps by OKB AKS JSC, and products from the USA and France were also used to assemble Ansat.

    Ansat is equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW-207K engines, and UEC-Klimov is developing a VK-650V turboshaft engine to replace them. Its mass production should begin in 2024.

    https://aviation21.ru/importozameshhenie-po-vertolyotam-ansat-planiruetsya-zavershit-v-2023-godu/

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    Post  GarryB Thu Dec 14, 2023 11:23 am

    Important news for light and medium sized helicopters in Russia.

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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic Thu Dec 14, 2023 12:27 pm

    GarryB wrote:Important news for light and medium sized helicopters in Russia.

    Not only, the turboprop version of this  engine can be used also in the modernised version of the An-2, SibNIA TVS-2DTS (derated to 1200 hp (from normal take off Power of 1400hp) or in a fast single engine turboprop aircraft for corporate transportation or for régional Airlines like the Pilatus PC-12 or the Beechcraft Denali.

    Both aircraft have their own niche as the PC-12 and the Denali have a much higher cruising Speed than the An-2 and of its modernised version.

    I look forward to such aircraft as well.
    I did not see any plan yet, but since the engine is available I believe it will be important (and it covers different customers than those for the An-12 or for the Baikal).


    Edit: corrected normal takeoff power of the engine
    (Note normal max takeoff 1400hp. Emergency 5 minutes power 1750hp).


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    Post  Hole Thu Dec 14, 2023 2:56 pm

    Don´t forget drones. thumbsup

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    Post  GarryB Fri Dec 15, 2023 2:59 am

    What I like is the fact that now they have the two engines, and they seem to be good engines, they can fill all the gaps in aircraft that western aircraft have been filling all this time.

    The Russian government can now buy all Russian aircraft that will not be inferior and those sales should boost production and make civilian purchases "safer" and less of a risk.

    Also if they can get the same engine into the Baikal and helicopters like Ansat and Ka-62 and drones, it starts to become a common engine that will not be a problem in terms of support and spares and from that video they seem to be rather well designed engines without being too complex and expensive and exotic.

    Once you have the right engines then the new aircraft designs can start to flow.

    I seem to recall in one of this guys previous videos there was a base frame that had four electric engines with the actual engine in the middle, where the actual engine generated electrical power to run the four lift and forward propulsion engines... now that would be excellent... you could arrange your fossil fuel driven engine to blow its hot exhaust out the rear of the aircraft... generating some thrust but otherwise getting it away from the aircraft intakes at the front of the engine.

    This means the main engine had clean cold air that was oxygen rich because it hadn't just had fuel burned in it making it full of CO.

    The lifting engines would be blowing cold air only so any air circulating around the aircraft will be cold and oxygen rich so you don't need barriers on the lower belly of the aircraft to control airflow and you can hang things under the belly without worrying if they might get burnt off in 1,000 degrees plus airflows.

    It was not a fighter, it looked more like a commuter type which would be just fine... land vertically and use wings and a rolling takeoff to maximise loads for takeoff.

    Having electric prop engines that can be gimballed left and right and up and down so you don't need puffer jets around the aircraft to maintain a hover... especially if you don't need it to fly supersonic or carry weapons internally... it would be very interesting.
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    Two Mi-38 helicopters will fly to Magadan from Kazan
    Modern vehicles have proven themselves to be reliable equipment for transport communications in the North
    Source: Two Mi-38 helicopters previously reserved for Kolyma will fly to Magadan from Kazan

    A four-day flight of two Mi-38s to Magadan begins. This was reported by Kolyma Aviation. The flight itself in winter conditions is a kind of testing of aircraft before the start of operation on intraregional routes of the Magadan region.

    The flight along the Kazan-Magadan route, 6.5 thousand kilometers long, will take 35 hours of flight time, pass through 11 cities and take 4 days. Weather and other unforeseen circumstances may make adjustments to the schedule.

    Modern helicopters with 30 seats are planned to be used on the Yamsk-Takhtoyamsk route and carried out in one flight, now this is a separate flight to each locality. The possibility of introducing a new route Magadan-Susuman-Yagodnoye-Seymchan-Magadan is also being considered.

    Earlier in February, Russian President Vladimir Putin assessed the quality of Mi-38 helicopters, which are produced in Tatarstan. “The Mi-38 is a good vehicle”, the head of state emphasized.

    "OGUP Kolyma Aviation is the first airline that has received and will operate two helicopters of this type at once and will be the leading operator of Mi-38 helicopters in modification 38-4. Never before have they flown at such a distance, so far from the Kazan Helicopter Plant and "Moscow Helicopter Plant named after M. L. Mil. Our flight will pass through most of the territory of Mother Russia, along the route Kazan - Magadan, which is 6,500 kilometers, 35 hours of flight time, 11 cities, 3 overnights," the airline said.

    Regional air routes in the Magadan region provide transport accessibility to populated areas - Susuman, Seymchan, Omsukchan, Yagodnoye, Ust-Omchug, Sinegorye, and hard-to-reach areas not connected by highways Yamsk, Takhtoyamsk, Evensk, Topolovka, Verkhniy Paren, Gizhiga.

    The Mi-38 multi-purpose helicopter can be used to transport cargo and passengers, be used as a search and rescue helicopter and a flying hospital, and for flights over the water surface.

    The Mi-38 helicopter has proven itself to be a reliable vehicle for transport communications in the North and can be operated in a wide range of climatic conditions.

    Thanks to the technical solutions used, the helicopter surpasses other machines in its class in terms of payload, passenger capacity and basic flight characteristics.

    https://magadanmedia.ru/news/1695107/

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    Mi-38 has entered service with Kolyma Air.

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    Post  GarryB Wed Mar 06, 2024 8:49 am

    Would love to see them modify the Mi-38 to a naval version the way they modified the Mi-8 to make it the Mi-14.
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    Post  lancelot Sun Mar 10, 2024 6:00 am



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