Kamov Ka-60

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Ka-60 Kasatka
MAKS Airshow 2013 (Ramenskoye Airport, Russia) (519-10).jpg
Ka-62 serial configuration prototype
Role Transport/utility helicopter
National origin Russia
Manufacturer Kamov
First flight 24 December 1998[1]
Number built 2[2]

The Kamov Ka-60 Kasatka (Russian: "Касатка": "Swallow") is a Russian helicopter that first flew on 24 December 1998.

Design and development[edit]

Early configuration Ka-60 demonstrator at MAKS 2009

The Ka-60 has an estimated local military market of 200 units (Army aviation units, Border Police and Ministry of Internal Affairs).[citation needed] Intended as a replacement for the Mil Mi-8, the Ka-60 is to be used for aerial reconnaissance, for transporting air-assault forces, radio-electronic jamming, for special-operations missions and for various light-transport missions. Variations for foreign sale are expected. Manufacture is to take place at Ulan-Ude.

A civil version, the Ka-62, was initially proposed when the Ka-60 programme was launched, but no production followed owing to development problems with the Ka-60's Saturn RD-600V engines. Instead, an agreement was signed in April 2011 to use the 1,306 kW (1,751 hp) Turbomeca Ardiden 3G turboshaft for a revised Ka-62. A five-bladed main rotor will be driven via a new transmission, while the helicopter will have a revised cabin with larger windows and new avionics. First flight of the Ka-62 was planned for May 2013, with certification in 2014. Four prototypes and an initial batch of 16 Ka-62s for the Russian Ministry of Defence were planned,[3] with another 12 ordered by South American civilian customers. It has a fantail, a 30-minute run-dry gearbox by Zoerkler, and can operate on one engine up to 9,500 ft (2,900m).[4] Development of the Ka-62, with its western systems and powerplant, has been slow, and the helicopter made its maiden flight on 28 April 2016. Russian certification is now expected in 2018, with European EASA certification following in 2020.[5]


First Kamov Ka-60 demonstrator at MAKS 2003
  • Ka-60: Basic multi-role model.
  • Ka-60U: Training.
  • Ka-60K: Naval version.
  • Ka-60R: Reconnaissance.
  • Ka-62: New model for the civilian market. It has a redesigned fuselage with a high degree of composites, a larger cabin than the earlier demonstrators and will be equipped with Turbomeca Ardiden 3G engines.[6]
  • Ka-64 Sky Horse: Export model. Western certified, equipped with two General Electric T700/CT7-2D1 engines and five-blade main rotor.


  • Atlas Taxi Aereo (7 on order)[9]


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Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004,[1] Russian Helicopters[6]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2
  • Capacity:
    • 12-15 passengers (Ka-62)
    • 14 infantry troops or 6 stretchers
    • Internal 2,000 kg (4,400 lb)
    • External 2,500 kg (5,500 lb)
  • Length: 15.60 m (51.2 ft)
  • Rotor diameter: 13.50 m (44.3 ft)
  • Height: 4.60 m (15.1 ft)
  • Disc area: 143.10 m² (1,540.3 sq ft)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 6,500 kg (14,300 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Turbomeca Ardiden 3G turboshaft, 1,776 shp (1,324 kW) each


See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ a b Jackson 2003, pp. 373–374.
  2. ^ Андрей Фомин (2012-05-17). "Новинки HeliRussia 2012" (in Russian). Журнал «Взлёт». Archived from the original on 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  3. ^ Butowski Air International September 2012, pp. 66–67.
  4. ^ Mladenov Air International January 2014, p. 74.
  5. ^ Mladneov Air International June 2016, pp. 6–7.
  6. ^ a b "Russian Helicopters". Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Kamov Ka-60, warfare.ru, Russian Military Analisis. Retrieved on September 8, 2008.
  8. ^ "World Air Forces 2013" (PDF). flightglobal.com. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Brazil's Atlas Taxi Aereo becomes first export customer for the Ka-62". Flightglobal. 2012-12-19. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "MAKS: Russian Helicopters grows backlog for Kamov Ka-62". Flightglobal. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 


  • Butowski, Piotr. "Russia's Resyled Helicopter". Air International, September 2012, Vol. 82 No. 3. pp. 66–67. ISSN 0306-5634.
  • Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK:Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.
  • Mladenov, Alexander. "Kamov's Six Tonne Twin". Air International, January 2014, Vol.86, No. 1. pp. 74–75. ISSN 0306-5634.
  • Maldenov, Alexander. "Ka-62". Air International, June 2016, Vol. 90, No. 6. pp. 6–7. ISSN 0306-5634.
  • "Nezavisimaya Gazeta", №241 (1812), 25 December 1998. translation

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