JSC Russian Helicopters has presented the Ka-226T Climber helicopter at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon.
The new model is the latest variant in the Ka-226 family. Visitors to the international air show were able to see the prototype of the new model, which is set to conduct a series of test flights this autumn.
The Ka-226T Climber is a light helicopter which is easy to control. Capable of taking off from, and landing on, small areas (for instance, in a city), it offers highly stable hovering even during operation with external loads, and can be safely boarded while the rotors are turning. The helicopter can also take off and land on the deck of even a small seagoing vessel.
Helicopter can fly in mountainous areas
The Ka-226T Climber is suited to flying in mountainous areas. Coaxial rotors allow for easy control even at the highest altitudes with rarefied air. The new model boasts high resistance to strong side winds and a high rate of climb, as well as easy take-off and landing at high-altitude sites.
Compared to older models in the Ka-226 family, the Ka-226T Climber possesses a number of enhanced features. The fuselage is made using modern light materials, the flight controls and power systems have undergone considerable modernisation, and a shockproof crash-resistant fuel system has been installed in line with the highest safety standards. The model also features enlarged fuel tanks and centralised refuelling, as well as new flight and navigation equipment, and upgraded radio communication equipment.
Production set to start in 2022
The Ka-226T Climber boasts significantly improved flight performance characteristics to previous models including greater speed, lower weight when empty, and greater range. The helicopter can be operated at altitudes of up to 6,500 metres. Where necessary, it can be equipped with oxygen systems, ballonets, as well as air conditioning and heating systems. The model is also expected to receive certification for passenger transportation.
Serial production of the Ka-226T Climber is planned to start in 2022 at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in close cooperation with the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise.