Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will showcase its latest developments for maritime use during the 7th International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS 2015), which is being held in St. Petersburg from 1 to 5 July 2015.
“We are actively working to expand operational uses of our commercial and military helicopters on land and sea,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “We recently unveiled a modernised Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopter that is designed to serve with the Arctic forces and a military shipborne Ka-52K helicopter. Visitors to IMDS-2015 will have the opportunity to learn more about these and other interesting projects, including an amphibious helicopter.”
The Mi-8AMTSh-VA is an Arctic version of the modernised military transport Mi-8AMTSh-V helicopter, developed specially for flights in low temperatures, polar night, is specially adapted to operation in the Arctic and is highly autonomous. By adopting the Mi-8AMTSh-VA, Arctic units of Russia’s Armed Forces will significantly increase their operational effectiveness, and this helicopter will play a key role in implementing Arctic development programmes.
The shipborne Ka-52K will also be showcased at IMDS-2015. It is in development for the Russian Navy, and is based on the Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and combat helicopter, which is in series production for the Russian Armed Forces. The new shipborne Ka-52K will boast resilient anti-corrosion treatment, folding blades and wings, in addition to a number of other systems that have been adapted to its Naval operation.
Shipborne helicopters developed by Kamov Design Bureau are in service with Naval Forces in Russia, India, China and other countries. The Ka-31 and Ka-28 (export variant of the antisubmarine Ka-27 in service with the Russian Navy) are the most in-demand models. The search version of the antisubmarine helicopter is fitted with sonobuoys, and the search and attack version also boasts anti-submarine aerial bombs and aerial torpedoes.
Visitors to IMDS-2015 will also have the opportunity to see a model of the new multirole Mi-38, which can operate in a wide range of different weather conditions, including in maritime and tropical climates. The Mi-38 is currently in the final stages of certification trials. Its operational capabilities combined with ease of maintenance and high comfort levels mean that this helicopter is highly appealing to regional aviation and is ideal to carry out a variety of tasks for commercial operators. It is highly autonomous, highly efficient, and boasts enhanced systems and component capacity, which means that the Mi-38 is more economic than alternative light airplanes.
At IMDS-2015, Russian Helicopters will also highlight the new light multirole Ka-226T helicopter, which was certified for commercial use in March 2015, and received additional Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IAC AR) type certification. The Ka-226T is available to Russian and international customers. Thanks to its design , it can be shipborne.
The International Maritime Defence Show, organised by Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, is one of the world’s leading exhibitions in shipbuilding, naval arms and equipment. Russian Helicopters is a regular participant at IMDS.