KA-60 Kasatka (Killer Wale)
Number and type of the engines 2 RD-600 turbo-shafts
Engine power, h.p. 1,300
TO weight (maximum), kg 6,500
Flight speed, km/h 300
Ceiling, m 2100/5400
Practical flight range with internal fuel, km 700
Number of equipped troopers, persons 14
The Kamov company has set out to test a new Kamov Ka-60 multirole army aviation helicopter designed for accomplishing various combat missions.
The helicopter can carry a rifle squad with full combat gear in its passenger cabin which features a volume of 9.8 m3. Two sliding doors (one on each side of the cargo cabin) measuring 1,250 x 1,300 mm make it possible to perform embarkation/debarkation of nine troopers within 5 to 6 seconds.
In the ambulance version, the Ka-60 helicopter can carry six stretchers with wounded persons and three medical attendants, as well as up to 14 sitting patients.
The maximum internal load-carrying capacity is 2,000 kg.
The maximum takeoff weight is 6,500 kg.
In the search and rescue version, the helicopter is equipped with a searchlight and a LPG-300 hoist with a load-carrying capacity of 300 kg that is able to lift two persons or cargo. For operations over water areas, the helicopter is equipped with inflatable ballonnets.
The Ka-60 may be used in other capacities when provided with special equipment and weapons. A civilian version, designated Ka-62, is being developed on the basis of the Ka-60 helicopter.
The helicopterís performance, reliability and power-to-weight ratio has been considerably improved in comparison with its counterparts due to an updated aerodynamic configuration of the airframe.This helicopter also includes retractable landing gear and two RD-600 engines. The helicopter can fly in a wide range of contrasting temperatures, at altitudes of up to 6,000 m and high cruising speeds to a range of 600 km.
The engines, specially created for the Ka-60 by the Rybinsk Motors company, develop a takeoff power of 1,300 hp each and are the most up-to-date Russian engines. The modular design features and promising technological/design solutions ensure a high fuel efficiency and maintainability of the engines. The digital two-channel automatic control system provided with the backup hydromechanical channel and developed monitoring and diagnostics system, considerably increases the operating reliability of the power source.
Should one engine stop during the takeoff or during regular flight, output to the other engine increases automatically (without pilotís intervention) thus enabling the flight to continue.
The helicopter is not susceptible to ice and high dust content. The main rotor blades are provided with an electrical anti-icing system, while the engine inlet devices are also equipped with a hot-air anti-icing system. The engine inlet duct is furnished with a dust-protection device. The leading edges of the main rotor blades are provided with an erosion-resistant coating.
If required, the engine and the main-rotor gearbox can operate in emergency power conditions exceeding the takeoff power by 20 to 25 percent. Its gearboxes can operate without oil for an appreciable length of time.
The control system rods and drive shafts have been proven to continue functioning when pierced by the 7.62mm and 12.7mm bullets. The main-rotor blades, made of composite materials, retain their survivability when hit by a 23mm projectile. Its main systems and units are duplicated; the main and backup systems are arranged on different sides of the airframe to prevent their being damaged by one projectile. The self-sealing fuel tanks are provided with an explosion-proof system.
In the pilotís cabin two sets of controls enable the crew to fly the helicopter from either of the two seats. This makes it ideal for the initial training of pilots, as well as for improving oneís flying technique.
In case of an emergency landing while flying on low altitudes, the safety of the crew and passengers is ensured by an additional (emergency) stroke of the landing gear shock struts, and by the energy-absorbing seats for the crew and passengers. The strong fuselage and heavily secured units exclude injuries to the crew and passengers possibly caused by the airframe and equipment during crash impact. The design of the personnel compartments allows for injury-free impacts.
The helicopterís standard equipment includes navigational facilities, flight control equipment and data display systems. Provision is made in the fuselage nose section for the installation of a radar and a night vision system. Its maintainability, up-to-date diagnostics methods, and ease of servicing make it possible to sustain the required level of combat readiness. Its high operating qualities have been achieved due to a wide use of composite materials, the employment of maintenance-free bearings, and a system-oriented arrangement of equipment in maintenance zones. An automated onboard monitoring system along with the powerplant control unit, make it possible to promptly detect problems and represent the required information via the onboard or ground-based display system.
One of the Russian helicopter manufacturing plants has set out to begin serial production of the Ka-60. For our customer convenience, the Kamov company is committed to provide helicopter sales, a guarantee of continuous after-sales servicing, logistic support, training of flight personnel and technical staff, as well as training facilities, etc. Having a wide experience in the development of various-class and various-purpose helicopters, the Russian certificate for the development and production, as well as the foreign certificate for production of aviation materiel, the Kamov company is ready, together with cooperating production plants, to offer high-quality services for users of the unique Kamov helicopters.
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