Kamov Ka-27

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Kamov Ka-27PS.JPEG
A Russian Navy Ka-27PS
Role Anti-submarine helicopter
National origin Soviet Union/Russia
Manufacturer Kamov
First flight 24 December 1973[1]
Introduction 1982
Primary users Soviet Navy
Russian Navy
Ukrainian Navy
Indian Navy
Produced since 1981
Number built 267
Developed from Kamov Ka-25
Variants Kamov Ka-31

The Kamov Ka-27 (NATO reporting name 'Helix') is a military helicopter developed for the Soviet Navy, and currently in service in various countries including Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea (South Korea), and India. Variants include the Ka-29 assault transport, the Ka-28 downgraded export version, and the Ka-32 for civilian use.

Design and development[edit]

The helicopter was developed for ferrying and anti-submarine warfare. Design work began in 1969 and the first prototype flew in 1973. It was intended to replace the decade-old Kamov Ka-25, and is similar in appearance to its predecessor due to the requirements of fitting in the same hangar space. Like other Kamov military helicopters it has coaxial rotors, removing the need for a tail rotor.

Operational history[edit]

A Russian Navy Ka-27 helicopter from the Russian Udaloy-class destroyer RS Severomorsk (DDG 619) conducted interoperability deck landing training on board USS Mount Whitney on 22 July 2010.[2]

Ka-32A11BC multipurpose helicopters have been successfully operated in Portugal for over five years. In 2006, KAMOV JSC won the tender for the supply of Ka-32A11BC firefighting helicopters, to replace Aérospatiale SA-330 Pumas, which have very high operating costs.

The Ka-32A11BC features a high power-to-weight ratio and ease of handling, owing to its coaxial rotor design. The rotors' diameters are not restricted by the presence of a tail rotor and associated tail boom; this facilitates maneuvering near obstacles and helps assure exceptional accuracy when hovering in heavy smoke and dust conditions. The Ka-32A11BC may be equipped with the Bambi Bucket suspended fire-fighting system of up to five tons capacity. The service life has been extended to up to 32 000 flight hours.[3]

Since the 1990s, China has purchased the Ka-28 export version and Ka-31 radar warning version for the PLAN fleet. Ka-31 purchases were first revealed in 2010. It is believed that Chinese Ka-28s have been equipped with more enhanced avionics compared to Ka-28s exported to other countries.[4]

In 2013, Russia tested the new Kamov Ka-27M with an active electronically scanned array radar. The basis of the modernization of the Ka-27M is installed on the helicopter airborne radar with an active phased array antenna FH-A. This radar is part of the command and tactical radar system that combines several other systems: acoustic, magnetometric, signals intelligence and radar. All the information on them is displayed on the display instrumentation.

Ka-32s are used for construction of transmission towers for overhead power lines, as it has somewhat higher lift capacity than the Vertol 107.[5]


A Ka-27 assigned to the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov flies by the USS Vella Gulf over the Gulf of Aden.
First prototype.
Anti-submarine warfare prototype.
(Helix-A) Anti-submarine warfare helicopter.
(Helix-D) Search and rescue helicopter, ASW equipment removed and winch fitted.
Armed version of the Ka-27PS.
The latest modification of the helicopter, equipped with radar and tactical command system that includes the following systems: acoustic, magnetometric, signals intelligence and radar with active phased array antenna FH-A. Radar mounted under the fuselage and provides allround visibility in the search and detection of surface, air and ground targets. Serial upgrading to the level of combatant helicopters Ka-27M was planned to begin in 2014. Until the end of 2014 eight Ka-27PL Aviation SF go to modernize, commissioned by the Russian Navy.[6]
(Helix-A) Export version of the Ka-27PL.
Heliswiss Ka-32 installs digital-TV transmitter in Århus, Denmark
(Helix-B) Assault transport helicopter, with accommodation for two pilots and 16 troops.
A radar picket variant of the Ka-31 early warning helicopter first displayed in 2008. RLD designation: radiolokatsyonnoga dozora. Two units delivered to Russian MoD by 2010.[7]
Kamov Ka-32S of Omega Helicopters at Moscow Bykovo airfield in 2004
Civil transport helicopter. Initial production version.
Fire fighting helicopter, equipped with a helicopter bucket.
Police version, equipped with two searchlights and a loudspeaker.
Special search and rescue, salvage and evacuation version.
Armed version developed from the Ka-27PS.
Canadian and European-certified version with Klimov TV3-117MA engines.
Swiss-registered and approved version.
Little-known custom version.
Projected development with 1839kW TV3-117VMA-SB3 engines. Probably replaced by the Ka-32-10 project.
(Helix-C) Maritime utility transport, search and rescue helicopter, fitted with an undernose radar.
(Helix-C) Utility transport helicopter, with accommodation for two crew and 16 passengers.
Flying crane helicopter, fitted with a retractable gondola for a second pilot.


A Ukrainian Naval Aviation Ka-27 preparing for take off from the USS Taylor
The Ka-27
Ka-32 A12 of Heliswiss
Republic of Korea Air Force operates Kamov Ka-32A4s(local designation HH-32) for CSAR

Military and government operators[edit]

 Republic of Korea

Civilian operators[edit]

  • Vancouver Island Helicopters[13]
  • Akagi Helicopter[15]

Former operators[edit]


Specifications (Ka-27)[edit]

Data from [18][19]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one-three, plus two-three specialists (Ka-27)
    Ka-27 orthographical image.svg
  • Capacity: 4,000 kg (8,818 lb) payload (Ka-32), or up to 16 troops (Ka-29).
  • Length: 11.3 m (37 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in)
  • Empty weight: 6,500 kg (14,330 lb)
  • Gross weight: 11,000 kg (24,251 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Isotov TV3-117V turboshaft engines, 1,660 kW (2,230 hp) each
  • Main rotor diameter: 2× 15.8 m (51 ft 10 in)
  • Main rotor area: 392.2 m2 (4,222 sq ft) 3-bladed contra-rotating rotors


  • Maximum speed: 270 km/h (168 mph; 146 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 205 km/h (127 mph; 111 kn)
  • Range: 980 km (609 mi; 529 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)




  • 1 × mobile forward firing GShG-7.62 machine gun with 1800 rounds,
  • 1 × 30 mm 2A42 cannon with 250 rounds (flexible semi-rigid mount, optional/removable with ammunition carried in cabin)
  • four external hardpoints for bombs, rockets, gunpods, munitions dispensers, special four round missile launchers for the 9K114 Shturm


See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


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