Rostec to Present Modernized Ka-32A11M at MAKS-2021. Ka-32
modernization program includes a glass cockpit with an
avionics system, more powerful VK-2500PS-02 engines and a
new fire extinguishing system.
"Ka-32 is recognized all over the world as one of the best
helicopters for firefighting work. Nevertheless, even the
best models need timely modernization. We have managed to
preserve the outstanding flight performance of the model,
supplementing it with modern avionics and a new, more
efficient and multifunctional fire extinguishing system. A
prototype of Ka-32A11M will be present at the MAKS-2021 air
show and we are planning to start supplying the aircraft as
early as next year”
, stressed Director General of Russian
Helicopters Andrey Boginsky
The technical solutions used in the new glass cockpit of Ka-32A11M
have already been tested on Ansat and Mi-38 civil
multipurpose helicopters, and will facilitate the work with
additional navigation, optoelectronic and search equipment
that can be installed on the helicopter. Pilots will also be
able to use night vision goggles.
With the new VK-2500PS-02
engines, the rotorcraft will
perform significantly better in hot and mountainous
environments. According to design calculations, its load
capacity in such conditions will increase by 1600 kg.
The new SP-32
fire extinguishing system, developed by
specialists from the National Helicopter Center Мil&Kamov
and KAPE, has received a number of significant advantages
over foreign counterparts. The new tank holds 4 tons of
water and is divided into 4 compartments. The patented
digitally controlled discharge system allows the flaps to be
opened in pairs or alternately, and to adjust the opening
angles, thereby increasing the water discharge time.
The system automation allows to accurately take in 4 tons of
water in 60 seconds, as well as add up to 400 liters of foam
agent. It has also been adapted to use a water cannon. In
addition, all SP-32 systems are electrically heated, which
allows it to be used in unprecedented winter conditions at
temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius.
Serial production of Ka-32
machines is carried out by JSC
Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KAPE). Currently,
over 240 machines have been built, which are operated in
over 30 countries all over the world.