Russian Helicopters and engine manufacturer Turbomeca announced this week that they have signed “contracts” for the supply of “at least” 308 Ardiden 3G turboshafts to be installed on the “updated” Kamov Ka-62 medium-twin helicopter. This announcement follows the “protocol of intentions” signed in February last year and some back-and-forth considerations since for other engine suppliers.
India’s directorate general of civil aviation has certified the Kamov Ka-32A11BC on the basis of the certificate issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The first Indian customer, Global Vectra, expects delivery this year and plans to use its medium twin for cargo and construction work.
Russian Helicopters last month announced it has consolidated “control stock of all of Russia’s rotorcraft-building enterprises,” as it has increased its stake in Rostvertol from 23 percent to 75 percent.
Heliportugal and Groupe SAF, two Portuguese and French operators that quietly merged in 2008, are announcing a common name and expansion plans. Now called United Helicopter Services (UHS), the company operates 63 aircraft, including 59 helicopters, and has a 300-strong workforce, of which 100 are pilots. Annual revenues are said to be close to €70 million ($98 million) and flight hours are about 30,000 annually.
Russian Helicopters last month delivered two Kamov Ka-32s to Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations. Under the Russian aerospace industrial scheme, the helicopters were manufactured by the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise. The contract dates back to 2008. The Ka-32A features two coaxial contra-rotating main rotors and received EASA certification last year.
Russian Helicopters, the holding company that combines the country’s helicopter industry under one umbrella, has received EASA certification for the 11-metric-ton (24,000 pounds) Kamov Ka-32A11BC. Already flown by state organizations in Europe, the Ka-32A11BC is thus now available to commercial operators.
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.
Russian manufacturers Kamov and Mil are developing advanced high-speed helicopter (AHSH) designs with the goal of creating a helicopter that flies as fast as
Looking beyond the current financial picture, the Russian aviation industry plans to increase helicopter production in the coming years, according to Andrei Reus, director general of Oboronprom. In fact, the Russian helicopter manufacturing industry aims to capture 15 percent of the world’s helicopter market by 2015.
In Portugal, state-owned helicopter operator Empresa de Meios Aéreos (EMA) seems happy with the six Kamov Ka-32 A11BCs it acquired for firefighting and search-and-rescue operations (SAR). The 12-metric-ton Russian design, relatively rare in the Western world, can carry four tons of water. And it is much less expensive than its competitors, according to pilot and media officer João Manuel da Silva dos Santos.