First flight of upgraded Russian Ka-226T light helicopter

According to information published by Tass on November 10, 2021, the upgraded Kamov Ka-226T (Hoodlum) helicopter has performed its maiden flight, and its serial production is planned to begin in 2022, the Russian Helicopters Group’s press office said.

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First flight of upgraded Russian Ka 226T light helicopter KA-226T light helicopter (Picture source: Twitter account of Rostec)

The Russian Helicopters Group is a subsidiary of the Rostec state hi-tech corporation. According to the press office, the upgraded helicopter features better aerodynamic characteristics. The design of its airframe and fuselage has been changed.

Besides, the helicopter has been furnished with modernized avionics.

The Kamov Ka-226 is a small, twin-engine Russian utility helicopter. The Ka-226 features an interchangeable mission pod, rather than a conventional cabin, allowing the use of various accommodation or equipment configurations. The Ka-226 entered service in 2002.

The design is a refinement of the proven Ka-26, featuring interchangeable mission pods. The aircraft is fitted with a new rotor system, increased visibility nose, and a new passenger cabin design. The Ka-226 also features a new transmission system and is made largely from composite materials.

The aircraft is fitted with trademark Kamov coaxial rotors, of advanced composite design, making the Ka-226 highly maneuverable and eliminating the need for a tail rotor.

Instead of Rolls-Royce 250C engines, the Ka-226T variant is fitted with the more powerful Turbomeca Arrius 2G1. Each engine provides 670 shp, increasing the service ceiling to around 7,000 m, providing improved high altitude and high-temperature operation.