Russian Helicopters ramps up Ka-62 testing
The Kamov Ka-62 is accelerating the pace of its flight-testing effort thanks to a second flying prototype, OP-3 joined the programme.
The third prototype, OP-2, is set to join the flight test effort later this year, following modification completion at the progress plant in Arsenyev, located within Russia’s Far East territories.
The preliminary factory testing effort, currently in progress, is to be followed by the certification testing phase, and will see all three prototypes involved.
Type certification will be in accordance with Russian AP-29 airworthiness requirements, said to be broadly equivalent to EASA CS-29 and US FAR-29.
According to Alexander Vagin, Ka-62’s lead designer, it is now planned that the helicopter will receive its type certificate from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency in late 2020, to enable customer deliveries in 2021.
He also hinted that the flight performance shown by the OP-1 prototype, undergoing flying testing in Arsenyev since May 2017, has to date, confirmed the designer’s predictions and expectations.
Serial production of the type will be carried out at the progress plant, with a production line set up to roll out up to ten helicopters a year, initially.
Andrey Boginsky, director general at Russian Helicopters said that the type is getting closer to entering Russian and international markets, while also confirmed that the basic certificate for the Ka-62’s cargo/passenger version is slated for approval in 2020.
The Ka-62 is a 6.8t medium twin helicopter, with development officially launched by the Moscow-based Kamov Design Bureau in 2011.
It features an unusually high proportion of new systems, including an all-new digital flight/navigation suite supplied by RPKB-St Peterburg Branch and a digital, general systems management and monitoring system in addition to a Western-supplied main gearbox, engine and fuel systems.
The Ka-62, powered by two Safran Helicopter Engines Ardiden 3G turboshafts, will be initially certified for offshore and passenger transport configurations with 12 to 15 seats. At a later stage Kamov intends to also develop and certify configurations for VIP, SAR and law enforcement use.
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