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Russian Helicopters reveals plans for Ka-226T Climber
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
The upgraded Ka-226T helicopter will be optimised for high altitude operations, with flight tests starting in the autumn. It will have a new airframe design with significantly improved aerodynamics.

Russian Helicopters has unveiled the latest modification of the Ka-226T light helicopter, manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. A prototype was presented at the MAKS-2021 air show, and will begin a series of test flights in the fall. One of the key features is its suitability for high altitude flights; in fact, the project had the working title "Alpinist".

The machine has a coaxial rotor design, which provides good controllability at the most extreme altitudes in low air conditions, resistance to strong crosswinds, high climb rate, the ability to take off and land on sites located at high altitudes. It is highly effective when flying over water surfaces, and can take off and land on the deck of even small sea vessels.

The helicopter is said to offer low vibration, ease and simplicity of control, the ability to take off and land on sites of minimal dimensions (including in urban infrastructure), high hovering accuracy even when working with a load on an external sling, and greater safety for passengers boarding when the rotors are working.

The upgraded Ka-226T differs significantly from the previous models of the Ka-226 family. The helicopter has a new airframe design with significantly improved aerodynamics. The fuselage is made using modern lightweight materials, the control system and the electric system of the helicopter have been modernised, a shock-resistant accident-resistant fuel system has been installed that meets increased safety requirements. At the same time, the volume of fuel tanks has been increased with the provision of centralised refueling. The helicopter is also equipped with a new flight navigation suite and radio communication equipment.

Compared to previous models, the updated Ka-226T will have improved flight performance. The flight speed will be increased, the weight of the empty helicopter will be reduced, the range will be increased, and it will be able to be used at altitudes up to 6,500 metres. The helicopter can optionally be equipped with oxygen equipment, ballonets, air conditioning and heating systems, and certification for passenger transportation is planned.

Serial production of the Ka-226T "Climber" helicopter is planned to begin in 2022 at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in close cooperation with the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise.

Contact details from our directory:
Russian Helicopters, JSC Airframer
Ulan Ude Aviation Plant Joint Stock Company Airframer
Related aircraft programs:
Kamov Ka-226T