Russian Helicopters is to modernise the Kamov Ka-32, adding uprated engines, a glass cockpit and a new fire-fighting system to the co-axial rotor-equipped heavy-twin.

Under the plan, the Ka-32A11M will gain Klimov VK-2500PS-02 engines, replacing the TV3-117 turboshafts of the previous iteration.


Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters says performance in hot and high conditions will be particularly improved, increasing the payload by 1.6t.

In addition, the flightdeck will be updated with a new glass cockpit using the same technology as installed on the Kazan Ansat and Mil Mi-38 helicopters. It will also be compatible with night-vision goggles. 

“The Ka-32 is recognised all over the world as one of the best helicopters for fire-fighting work. Nevertheless, even the best models need timely modernisation,” says Andrey Boginsky, director general of Russian Helicopters.

Deliveries of the enhanced variant will begin in 2022, says the manufacturer. A prototype of the Ka-32A11M will be present at the MAKS air show in Moscow in July.