Modified version of the Ka-226T light helicopter
Russian Helicopters JSC (part of Rostec State Corporation), resented for the first time a modified version of the Ka-226T light multipurpose helicopter in performance 226.54, called the Climber.
A press release from Russian Helicopters says:
A prototype helicopter was presented at the air show, which will begin a series of test flights in the fall. One of the key features of the upgraded Ka-226T helicopter is its ideal adaptability for high altitude flights; the modernization project received the working title "Alpinist". The machine has a coaxial rotor design, which provides good controllability at the most extreme altitudes in low air conditions, resistance to strong crosswinds, high climb rate, the ability to take off and land on sites located at high altitudes. Also, the Ka-226T helicopter is highly effective when flying over water surfaces. It can take off and land on the deck of even small sea vessels.
The machine is distinguished by a low vibration level, ease and simplicity of control, the ability to take off and land on sites of minimal dimensions (including in urban infrastructure), high hovering accuracy even when working with a load on an external sling, safety of passengers landing when the propellers are working.
The upgraded Ka-226T differs significantly from the previous models of the Ka-226 family. The helicopter has a new airframe design with significantly improved aerodynamics. The fuselage is made using modern lightweight materials, the control system and the electric system of the helicopter have been modernized, a shock-resistant accident-resistant fuel system has been installed that meets increased safety requirements. At the same time, the volume of fuel tanks was increased with the provision of centralized refueling. The helicopter is also equipped with a new complex of flight-navigation and radio communication equipment.
Compared to previous models, the updated Ka-226T will have improved flight performance. In particular, the flight speed will be increased, the weight of the empty helicopter will be reduced, the range of use will be increased, the vehicle will be able to be used at altitudes up to 6500 meters. The helicopter can optionally be equipped with oxygen equipment, ballonets, air conditioning and heating systems, certification for passenger transportation is planned.
Serial production of the Ka-226T Climber helicopter is planned to begin in 2022 at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in close cooperation with the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise.
On the side of bmpd, we indicatethat, as can be understood, the modernized Ka-226T "Climber" (Сlimber), performance 226.54, is actually a modified Ka-226T according to the requirements of the Indian side within the framework of the planned agreement on the supply of these helicopters to India and on the organization of joint production in India.
Work on the ROC "Modernization of the Ka-226T helicopter" at JSC Kamov (now JSC National Helicopter Engineering Center Mil and Kamov) was started under the contract dated July 2017. In June 2018, Kamov JSC, within the framework of this ROC, signed an agreement on the assembly at UUAZ of three prototypes of the Ka-226T helicopter in performance 226.54 for India (serial numbers OO1, OO2, OO3), with delivery in June-June 2021. Work on the construction of two of these experimental helicopters at UUAZ was reportedin 2020, the first of these experimental helicopters (apparently, OO1) is now ready.
Recall that in May 2015, the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Government of India decided to purchase 197 (then 200 appears) Russian light Ka-226T helicopters for the Indian Army Aviation and Navy. In October 2016, a Russian-Indian intergovernmental agreement was signed on the acquisition by India of 200 Ka-226T helicopters for the armed forces. According to the Russian-Indian agreement signed in December 2016on cooperation in the field of the helicopter industry, of these 200 helicopters, 60 should be delivered complete from Russia, and 140 should be assembled in India in Bangalore at the joint venture Indian Russian Helicopters Company Limited (IRHL), created by Russian Helicopters JSC and the Indian state aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). An intergovernmental agreement on the creation of this joint venture was signed in December 2015, and the joint venture itself was formalized in May 2017.
However, until now, mainly due to bureaucratic and political delays on the Indian side, the twin contract for the supply of Ka-226T helicopters to India and the organization of their joint production in India has not been concluded.