A Kamov Ka-226T Hoodlum helicopter has been fitted with western Turbomeca Arrius 2G engines.
December 7: Russian manufacturer Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KumAPE) has completed tests of a Kamov Ka-226T Hoodlum helicopter fitted with western Turbomeca Arrius 2G engines mated to the Russian VR-226N gearbox.
KumAPE is working with Kamov on a modernised version of the Ka-226 coaxial helicopter, and the French-designed Turbomeca engines will provide more power than the original Allison 250C-20B ones, with single-engine operation now possible.
Testing has shown the Ka-226T can reach heights of 7,500m (24,600ft) and carry a payload of 1.45 tonnes at speeds up to 230km/h (144mph) over a range of 525km (330 miles).
Mass production of the Ka-226T is planned for 2011 and parent company, Russian Helicopters JSC, is pitching the helicopter into the contest for the large Indian light helicopter contract, now being re-tendered.