Russian Helicopters has announced it is ready to launch the series upgrade of Ka-27M Helix shipborne helicopters for the Russian Ministry of Defense. According to a company statement, the first modernised Ka-27M has already completed factory tests.
Upgrade work on the Ka-27M is being conducted under a government defence contract. Series production of the Ka-27M upgrade was given the go-ahead by a late June decision by the Directorate of Aviation and Weapons of the Department of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Modernisation of the helicopters will be conducted at the Kumertau Aircraft Production Enterprise (KumAPP).
Among the changes incorporated in the Ka-27M version are a new tactical command system that includes new acoustic and magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) systems, a radio reconnaissance system, an information computation system and an active phased array airborne radar. The new equipment increases detection and destruction range.
“The modernised Ka-27M will let the Russian Naval Aviation to complete combat missions in close-in maritime zone more efficiently,” said Vladislav Savelyev, Deputy CEO for sales at Russian Helicopters. “In 2016, we shipped a pre-production batch to the Russian Ministry of Defense. The machines were highly assessed by the pilots based on the exploitation results. The modernised Ka-27M helicopters possess much greater combat potential that their predecessors and will be able to fulfil a wide range of tasks for the navy.”
Igor Kozhin, Head of the Russian Naval Aviation, previously stated that all “combat Ka-27” helicopters would undergo modernisation to Ka-27M standard.
As previously reported in AFM, Russia’s Ministry of Defence announced on January 6 that by that time six Ka-27Ms had been delivered to the Northern Fleet for training at Yeysk and other Northern Fleet coastal airfields. These were presumably the aforementioned pre-production examples of the helicopter. The Russian Ministry of Defence also confirmed that Northern Fleet pilots had begun training on the modernised helicopters at the naval aviation training centre in Yeysk, and were to begin operations from Northern Fleet bases this year.
On February 1 another Ka-27M was delivered to Yeysk, which is home to the 859th TsBP i PLS MA VMF (Centre for Combat Application and Crew Training for Naval Aviation).