New light multi-role Ka-226T demos in mountains of Kazakhstan
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec has launched the first demonstration flights of the light multi-role Ka-226T in Kazakhstan.
Organised by Russian Helicopters, the demonstration tour is aimed at potential Ka-226T customers in Kazakhstan, including the airborne divisions of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Health and other law enforcement and environmental authorities, as well as commercial helicopter operators.
Flights were conducted over flat and mountainous terrain around Öskemen (UstKamenogorsk). The new Russian helicopter, with a maximum load capacity of 3,600 kg, showcased the unique advantages of its coaxial rotors by demonstrating its external cargo mounting system and hoisting capability in flight. The Ka-226T also undertook a special flight at the request of the Aviation Division of East Kazakhstan Province, hovering and landing at an altitude of 2,500 metres above sea level in a practice evacuation. The helicopter’s coaxial rotors enabled it to take off with confidence and make precise landings in mountainous terrain on missions for government and commercial operators in Kazakhstan, who were all present to view the demonstration.
Russian Helicopters Director of Marketing Mikhail Dubrovin said: “We see significant potential in the Kazakh helicopter market and are fully able to meet demand. As we introduce new models to the global market, we begin by presenting them in CIS countries. Today we are pleased to demonstrate the Ka-226T on the ground and in flight to our Kazakh partners. We look forward to hearing their feedback and are prepared to consider localisation of production of certain Russian Helicopters models, including the new Ka-226T, in Kazakhstan.”