First flight for Ka-62 helicopter prototype

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The first prototype (OP-1) of the medium multirole Ka-62 helicopter made its first flight at Russian Helicopters’ Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company (part of State Corporation Rostec) on April 28, 2016, near Moscow in Russia. The flight in a hover mode was part of the factory testing and was completed successfully.

The OP-1 Ka-62 was launched to evaluate its overall performance and to test its main power supply systems and avionics. The helicopter was operated by test pilots from the Kamov Design Bureau, the main developer of the Ka-62. Previously, the rotorcraft successfully passed a series of tests in a ground-based racing mode.

“This is a very significant event for the Russian Helicopters holding company and a due result of our work,” said the Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev. “The new KA-62 will complement the civilian versions of the honored and most produced helicopter in the world, the Mi-8/17, and it will fill a high demand niche in the class of helicopters with a 6-7 metric ton take-off weight.”

The Ka-62 is designed for a wide range of tasks. Its main purposes include transporting passengers, rescue operations, and use in the oil and gas sector. With a spacious and comfortable cabin, this helicopter is ideal for corporate travel. The Ka-62’s high power to weight ratio allows it to operate in a wide range of altitudes, and it can be used in hot climates and above water.

May 6, 2016

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