Russian Helicopters Ka-62 makes maiden voyage
The first prototype of the Russian Helicopters Ka-62 took off at Russian Helicopters’ Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company on April 28. The lift in a hover mode was part of the factory flight testing and was completed successfully.
The prototype was launched to evaluate its overall performance and to test its main power supply systems and avionics. The helicopter was operated by test pilots from the Kamov Design Bureau, which is the main developer of the Ka-62. Previously, the rotorcraft successfully passed a series of tests in a ground-based racing mode.
“This is a very significant event for the Russian Helicopters holding company and a due result of our work,” says CEO Alexander Mikheyev. “The new Ka-62 will complement the civilian versions of the most produced helicopter in the world – Mi-8/17, and it will fill a high-demand niche in the class of helicopters with a 6-7 ton takeoff weight.”
The Ka-62 is designed for a wide range of tasks. Its main purposes include transporting passengers, rescue operations, and use in the oil and gas sector.