VLADIVOSTOK, February 10 – RIA Novosti. Deputy Prime Minister, Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev inspected an experienced Ka-62 helicopter, which was built at the Arsenyev Aviation Company “Progress” in Primorye, Governor Oleg Kozhemyako said in his Telegram channel .
There is also a video of Trutnev signing on the helicopter door.
Earlier it was reported that three flight prototypes, manufactured at the Progress plant, successfully completed flights within the framework of the preliminary tests program. One of them made its debut in the MAKS-2019 flight program. In January 2020, the Russian Helicopters holding announced the start of certification tests for the Ka-62. In March 2020, the authorities reported that the plant had begun construction of an experimental batch of six Ka-62 helicopters, two of them will be bought for the needs of the region, delivery is scheduled for 2021.
The Governor of Primorye noted that so far the regional authorities have decided to purchase two helicopters to update the fleet of air vehicles that serve the northern territories of the region.
“I think that as part of the creation of the Far Eastern airline, our helicopters will be in demand in other regions, thereby providing orders for our company,” the governor said.
Arsenyev Aviation Company “Progress” named after N.I. Sazykina, one of the enterprises of the Russian Helicopters holding, produces, among others, the Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, and is preparing the serial production of the multi-purpose civilian Ka-62.
The Ka-62 helicopter has a maximum take-off weight of up to 6.5 tons, it can carry 15 passengers over distances of up to 600 kilometers, as well as cargo inside the cabin and on an external sling. A feature of the helicopter is the extensive use of polymer composite materials in its design, which make up up to 60% by weight.
This increases the speed, maneuverability and lifting capacity of the helicopter, and also reduces fuel consumption. Another distinctive feature is a single-rotor design with a multi-blade tail rotor in the annular channel of the vertical tail, which was used on helicopters for the first time in Russia.