Brazil’s civil aviation authorities have certified the Kamov Ka-32A11BC coaxial-rotor medium twin. Helipark Taxi Aereo is to take delivery of one example of the aircraft this year. The operator will use it for commercial sling load transportation.
Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, one of the companies in holding firm Russian Helicopters, has completed a phase of tests with a Turbomeca-powered Kamov Ka-226. The aircraft–the Ka-226T–is the first coaxial-rotor helicopter to be fitted with Turbomeca turboshafts, in this case Arrius 2G. Production of the helicopter is expected to start next year.
In a move sure to amaze Western rotorcraft makers, Russia’s Kamov has announced it will sell a hoped-for total of 145 of its Ka-50-2 Black Shark helicopters to the Turkish military in a six-year contract worth some $2.1 billion. The deal, should it be formally sealed by year-end, said Kamov officials, will come as something of a shock to Bell Helicopter, which has been courting the Turkish government for years.
Kamov Helicopters continues to seek increased cooperation with the U.S. and other Western helicopter and engine manufacturers. In late January, the Russian firm hosted a Western delegation with representatives from Rolls-Royce at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency also met with top management of OPK Oboronprom, Kamov and Kamov-Holding.