Rostec to present modernized Ka-32A11M helicopter at "MAKS"
The event in Zhukovsky near Moscow in July (20-25)
Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) will present a modernized Ka-32A11M fire-fighting helicopter at the "MAKS-2021" International Aviation and Space Salon, held in Zhukovsky near Moscow in July (20-25).
Ka-32 modernization program includes a glass cockpit with an avionics system, more powerful VK-2500PS-02 engines and a new fire extinguishing system.
The technical solutions used in the new glass cockpit of Ka-32A11M have already been tested on Ansat and Mi-38 civil multipurpose helicopters, and will facilitate the work with additional navigation, optoelectronic and search equipment that can be installed on the helicopter. Pilots will also be able to use night vision goggles.
With the new VK-2500PS-02 engines, the rotorcraft will perform significantly better in hot and mountainous environments. According to design calculations, its load capacity in such conditions will increase by 1600 kg.
The new SP-32 fire extinguishing system, developed by specialists from the National Helicopter Center Мil&Kamov and KAPE, has received a number of significant advantages over foreign counterparts. The new tank holds 4 tons of water and is divided into 4 compartments. The patented digitally controlled discharge system allows the flaps to be opened in pairs or alternately, and to adjust the opening angles, thereby increasing the water discharge time.
The system automation allows to accurately take in 4 tons of water in 60 seconds, as well as add up to 400 liters of foam agent. It has also been adapted to use a water cannon. In addition, all SP-32 systems are electrically heated, which allows it to be used in Winter conditions at temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius.
Serial production of Ka-32 machines is carried out by JSC Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KAPE). Currently, over 240 machines have been built, which are operated in over 30 countries all over the world.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency