|Ka-10 on a 2002 Russian stamp|
|National origin||Soviet Union|
|Primary user||Soviet Navy|
Design and development
The Ka 10 was a development of Nikolay Kamov's earlier Ka-8, which had been successful enough to allow Kamov to set up his own OKB (design bureau) in 1948. The Ka-10 was of similar layout to the Ka-8, with an open steel-tube structure carrying an engine, a pilot's seat and two three-bladed coaxial rotors. It was larger, however, with a revised transmission and rotor hub design, and a new engine specially designed for the helicopter, the 55 horsepower (41 kW) Ivchenko AI-4 flat-four.
The Ka-10 made its maiden flight in September 1949. Three more prototypes followed, which were evaluated by Soviet Naval Aviation. A Ka-10 was displayed at the 1950 Tushino Air Display, and one made the first landing by a Soviet helicopter on the deck of a ship on 7 December 1950.
In 1954, 12 of an improved version, the Ka-10M were built for the Maritime Border Troops. They had a twin tail rather than the single vertical fin of the Ka-10 and modified rotors and control systems.
- Ka-10 : Single-seat observation helicopter.
- Ka-10M : Improved version fitted with twin tailfins and rudders.
Data from The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft 1875–1995
- Crew: one
- Length: 3.70 m (12 ft 13⁄4 in)
- Main rotor diameter: 2× 6.12 m (20 ft 1 in)
- Height: 2.5 m (8 ft 21⁄2 in)
- Main rotor area: 58.8 m2 (633 ft2)
- Empty weight: 234 kg (516 lb)
- Gross weight: 375 kg (827 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Ivchenko AI-4V, 41 kW (55 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 90 km/h (56 mph)
- Range: 95 km (59 miles)
- Service ceiling: 1,000 m (3,300 ft)
- Gunston 1995, p. XXX.
- Gunston 1995, p. 138.
- Apostolo 1984, p. 108.
- Alexander 1975, pp. 146–147.
- Gunston 1995, p. XIX.
- "Helicopters of the World 1958 pg. 389". flight. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- Fuselage length
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- Apostolo, Giorgio. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Helicopters. New York: Bonanza Books, 1984. ISBN 0-517-439352.
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