All-new Ka-62 Civil Helicopter Certified in Russia
November 30, 2021, Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) issued a type certificate for an all-new Ka-62 civil helicopter to Russian Helicopters holding company of Rostec State Corporation. This document allows selling the helicopter at the Russian market.
Ka-62 helicopter flight test program was launched in 2017 using three prototypes that performed 434 flights with a total duration of about 700 hours. During the flight tests, specialists of Mil & Kamov National Helicopter Center assessed overal operability of the helicopter and checked functioning of the main systems of power supply, on-board equipment and engine unit.
"Obtaining a type certificate for the Ka-62 is an important milestone for the Russian helicopter industry. Currently, a fuselage of the first commercial Ka-62 has been assembled at Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company in the Far East. Starting next year we plan to launch a full-scale commercial production of this helicopter and to supplies to Russian operators. In 2022-2024 we will work on further expending helicopter's capabilities through certification of optional equipment – external load sling, onboard hoist, medical module, anti-icing system," reported the aviation cluster of Rostec.
Ka-62 is a multi-purpose helicopter designed using world's best practices in aircraft industry, which meets Russian and international airworthiness requirements, and reliability and safety standards for cargo and passenger flights. The helicopter has a single-rotor configuration with a ducted multibladed tail rotor. The design of Ka-62 widely uses polymer composites (up to 60% by weight), which enabled a lower fuel consumption, higher speed and load capacity of the rotorcraft. Ka-62 is also equipped with modern avionics – the state-of-art control system of general helicopter equipment enabled lower loads on crew, lower weight and simplified its maintenance.
The range of Ka-62 is 700 km, maximum speed is 310 km/h. Maximum takeoff weight of the helicopter is 6.800 kg, seat capacity is 15 passengers. Ka-62 can also carry 2 tonnes of cargo inside the cabin and up to 2.5 tonnes of external load.
"Russian Helicopters" Holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) is one of the world leaders in the helicopter industry, the only Russian helicopter designer and manufacturer. Holding was established in 2007. Its headquarters are in Moscow. The holding company includes five helicopter plants, two design bureaus, factories for components production, aircraft repair plants, and a service company providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad. The Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian Interior Ministry, the Russian Emergency Ministry, other government agencies, ''Gazprom Avia'' and UTair airlines, large Russian and foreign companies are buyers of holding's products.
Rostec State Corporation is one of the largest industrial companies in Russia. It unites more than 800 scientific and production enterprises in 60 country regions. Key areas of holding's activities are aviation engineering, radio electronics, medical technologies, innovative materials, etc. The corporation's portfolio includes such well-known brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, UAC, Russian Helicopters, Uralvagonzavod, Shvabe, Concern Kalashnikov, etc. Rostec is actively involved in all 12 national projects implementation. The company is a key contributor to Smart City technologies, state administration digitalization, industry, social sectors, 5G wireless technology developing plans, the industrial Internet, big data, and blockchain systems. Rostec acts as a partner of the world's leading manufacturers, such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli, Renault, etc. The corporation's products are shipped to more than 100 countries around the world. Almost one-third of the company's revenue is generated by high-tech products export.