(20 July 2021) Russian Helicopters is showcasing 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, which started on Tuesday, will be able to see the prototype that is due to conduct a series of test flights this autumn.
As its name suggests, the Ka-226T Climber is designed to fly in mountainous areas. Its coaxial rotors allow for easy control even at the highest altitudes with rarefied air. It 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.
The Ka-226T Climber also performs well in flights over water, and can take off and land on the deck of even a small seagoing vessel.
With low vibration levels, the Ka-226T Climber is a light helicopter 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.
Compared to previous models, the Ka-226T Climber boasts significantly improved flight performance characteristics: 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.
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.