Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KumAPE) of Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) delivered another two ship-based Ka-226T helicopters to the customer, thus completing contract execution ahead of schedule.
The helicopters successfully accomplished the entirety of acceptance tests and are to join the special-purpose state aviation fleet shortly.
The current delivery is the third in line: at the end of March 2017, KumAPE hosted a ceremonial handover of the first two ship-based Ka-226T helicopters with another two delivered in December 2017.
“The enterprise’s contractual obligations have been fulfilled in advance, and four rotorcraft delivered earlier are already inducted into the special-purpose aviation. Ka-226T has demonstrated an excellent performance in challenging sea conditions. I am sure that such experience will boost the demand for this helicopter both in Russia and abroad”, highlighted Andrey Boginskiy, Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company.
As distinct from the “land-based” version, light utility ship-based Ka-226T helicopter features a blade folding system of the main rotor. Moreover, the helicopter boasts the state-of-the-art avionics suite, its components and systems are fit for operation under aggressive conditions of marine environment.
Owing to its small dimensions, the helicopter can be deployed on ships and low-displacement vessels. Ship-based Ka-226T helicopter is intended for performing search and rescue (SAR) and transport missions round-the-clock in standard or adverse weather.
The Ka-226T is powered by 580 h.p. FADEC-equipped Safran Arrius 2G1 turboshaft engines which enables the helicopter to land or take-off safely if one engine fails. It features coaxial main rotor system, maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 3.6 tons and is capable of transporting up to 1 ton of payload.
The helicopter can be equipped with transport cabin, which allows transporting up to 6 people, or modules fitted with special equipment.
Improved flight performance of Ka-226T helicopter, environmental friendliness, cost effectiveness, state-of-the-art avionics suite and additional flight safety solutions make this helicopter one of the best in its class.