Modernized Russian Ka-226T helicopter completes maiden flight


Russia’s Ka-226T Helicopter: Russia’s state owned helicopter manufacturer Russian Helicopters Tuesday said that its deeply modernized Ka-226T light helicopter has started flight tests and completed the maiden flight testing complex of the National Helicopter Center Mil and Kamov.

This is the first Russian helicopter, the design documentation of which was fully digitalized.

Andrey Boginsky, Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company, reported the progress of the Ka-226T light helicopter modernization project to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the company which is a part of Rostec State Corporation.

For the first time, upgraded helicopter was presented at the international aerospace show MAKS-2021, and the international premiere of the modernized Ka-226T will take place at the upcoming Dubai Airshow 2021, which will be held from November 14 to 18 in Dubai (UAE).

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“The modernized Ka-226T is the first helicopter in Russia to be manufactured according to digital design documentation. This initiative made it possible to significantly reduce time for building the machine and to start flight tests in a short time,” said the company.  

At the end of this week, the updated Ka-226T will debut at international exhibitions as part of Dubai Airshow 2021, and we are confident that it will arouse genuine interest among foreign customers due to its excellent flight performance, allowing it to operate at altitudes up to 6.5 kilometers, versatility, convenience and safety,” said a Rostec executive.

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Russia's Ka-226T Helicopter

Ka-226T Helicopter.

Ka-226T Helicopter

According to the company, due to its ability to adapt to high altitude flights, the Ka-226T modernization project received operating name Climber.

Russian Helicopters said aircraft airframe has a new design with significantly improved aerodynamics which distinguishes it from previous models of the Ka-226 family.

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“The fuselage of improved aerodynamic shape is made using modern lightweight materials. Ka-226T has received a new rotor head, blades, and main gearbox, as well as a shockproof emergency-resistant fuel system, which meets increased safety requirements,” said the Russian helicopter manufacturer.

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