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Russian Helicopters to Modernise KA-32

Russian Helicopters is embarking on a new modernisation programme for the family of Ka-32 multi-role helicopters. With the support of its official dealer RH Focus Group, the Russian Helicopters will present the modernisation programme, particularly for the Ka-32A11BC helicopters at the Seoul ADEX International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition.

“We will offer our colleagues a comprehensive solution, providing practically complete upgrade of the helicopter and its operating performance. The KA-32 modernisation program includes a new cockpit with an avionics system, more powerful VK-2500PS-02 engines and a new fire extinguishing system. The modernized version of the helicopter and indexed as KA-3211M,” said CEO of Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky.

The technical solutions in the avionics of the Ka-32A11M helicopter have already been tested on the civilian multi-purpose helicopters Ansat, Mi-38 and Ka-62. Compared to its international counter- parts, the new Russian-made water tank SP-32 comes with a more favourable price and 4-ton capacity, digital control as well as upgraded water intake and discharge ergonomics. In-addition, it can be operated at sub-zero temperatures, Boginsky said.

The all-weather civilian helicopter Ka-32 with coaxial rotors is developed by the Kamov design bureau of the Russian Helicopters holding company. Serial production of the Ka-32 helicopters is carried out by JSC Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise. Currently, over 240 machines have been built, which are operated in over 30 countries all over the world. The coaxial rotor scheme provides the helicopter with a range of important stabilization and maneuverability advantages, especially for fire extinguishing missions.

Ka-32 has been in operation in South Korea since 1993. Today, the country wields a fleet of over 50 Russian-made helicopters. Russian Helicopters will also present a stand simulating the new “glass” cockpit of the modernized Ka-32.

Along with Ka-32A11M it will also show- case the medium multi-purpose Mi-171A2 and the light multi-purpose Ka-226T and Ansat helicopters.

It may be noted that the Korean Office of Civil Aviation (KOCA) and the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) have concluded an agreement related to airworthiness. This document is aimed to support and streamline the validation of Russian air- craft supplied to the Republic of Korea, in particular, type certification validation applications for the Mi-171A2 helicopter and the VK-2500PS-03 engine.

Mi-171A2 is the newest representative of the Mi-8/17 family, embodying the best features of these world-famous machines. The helicopter is equipped with integrated onboard digital flight and navigation system, which makes it possible to operate the machine without an engineer on board, thereby reducing its crew to two people. Depending on what the operator needs, Mi-171A2 can per- form search and rescue missions, medical transportation, cargo operations, fight fires or carry passengers day and night, at temperatures from -50°C to +50°C, at high altitudes, in a desert, in tropical cli- mate, in high humidity conditions, it can also fly over water.

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