Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ), part of Russian Helicopters holding, has completed the preparation of a fuselage assembly line for the Ka-226T light helicopter.
The line has so far manufactured two fuselages, which will be transferred to JSC Technodinamika for testing the accident-resistant fuel system.
During the visit to the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov got acquainted with the assembly line of the Ka-226T helicopter. By 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 benches for bird strike protection and windshield cleaning systems are 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, the India Ministry of Defense, is currently being transferred to the plant, and this process is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Ka-226T multi-purpose light helicopter with a twin-rotor coaxial rotor system has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 3.6 tons and is capable of carrying up to 1 ton of payload.