MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. A flying laboratory under the Kamov Design Bureau’s project of an advanced high-speed helicopter will be created on the basis of the Ka-52 helicopter soon, CEO of the Zhukovsky Central Aero-Hydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) Kirill Sypalo told TASS on Tuesday.
"Sergei Mikheyev [the Kamov Design Bureau’s chief designer] plans to start work in the imminent future to create a flying laboratory of the advanced high-speed helicopter on the basis of the Ka-52 helicopter," he said.
According to the TsAGI chief, the work on the advanced high-speed helicopter is proceeding in two directions. In the first area of work, some developments, such as the new layouts of blades and rotors will be installed on existing Mi helicopters. In the second area, specialists are developing a helicopter of a principally new scheme whose project has been presented by the Kamov Design Bureau.
As was reported earlier, Russia’s Defense Ministry will get three projects of an advanced high-speed combat helicopter with a different design and aerodynamic scheme for examination. According to the Defense Ministry’s requirements, the advanced high-speed combat helicopter should develop a maximum speed of 400km/h and more and a cruising speed of 360 km/h and more.
The first version is the classical helicopter with one main and one tail rotor. The second variant is a helicopter with a combined powerplant, which comprises the main rotor and additional lateral propellers pulling the rotorcraft forward. The third scheme is a coaxial rotor helicopter with rigid rotors and an additional pusher propeller called the propulsion propeller.