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Late-running Ka-62 helicopter to make service entry in 2020

Russian Helicopters intends to begin certification trials of its late-running Kamov Ka-62 medium-twin in early 2018, leading to certification and service entry in 2020.

A pair of flight-test articles have now been produced by Progress Aresenyev Aviation, with the first of these having performed a 15min maiden sortie in May 2017.

The second example was unveiled to delegates at the third Eastern Economic Forum, held in the Russian city of Vladivostok on 6 September.

First flight of the 6.5t Ka-62 was originally scheduled for 2013, but repeated, and unexplained, delays have held up its progress.

The Ka-62 is powered by two Safran Helicopter Engines Turbomeca Ardiden 3G powerplants.

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