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Ka-29

Kamov Ka-27 was developed to replace the Ka-25 shipborne helicopter in the Soviet Navy performing Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. In addition, Ka-27 was designed to operate at night and all-weather conditions which were the main shortfalls of Ka-25. NATO nicknamed this aircraft as Helix. Ka-28 is the designation assigned to export models and Ka-32 designation refers to variants intended for the civil/commercial market.

The Ka-29 and Ka-31 aircraft are derived from Soviet Ka-27 ship-borne helicopter. Ka-29 is a combat, assault and transport variant of Ka-27 introducing aircraft fuselage modifications. Optionally, it can be equipped with air-to-surface, anti-tank missiles and other weaponry in its Ka-29TB attack variant. Ka-31 is a modified Ka-29 allowing to carry an antenna radar below its airframe. The primary function of this aircraft is early warning against incoming airborne threats, but offering lower operating costs than traditional fixed-wing AWACS aircraft such as E-3, A-50 or E-2C. Ka-31 was originally called the Ka-29RLD.

Ka-29 entry into service occurred in 1985. Ka-29RLD was seen by western intelligence for the first time in 1988. The Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter can be employed to provide surveillance on air, sea and land, relaying target data to ship-based and ground control posts. It can detect sea surface targets at ranges of up to 250 kilometers, air targets at ranges of 200 kilometers tracking up to 40 targets. Moreover, it can take-off and land from unpaved ways, land airfields and ship's deck.

 

Technical data for  Ka-29

 

Crew: 2,

engine: 2 x TV3-117VK

turboshaft, rated at 1660kW,

rotor diameter: 15.90m,

length: 11.6m,

height: 5.40m,

take-off weight: 12600kg,

empty weight: 5520kg,

max speed: 250km/h,

service ceiling: 5000m,

range with 2000kg

payload: 460km,

range with max fuel: 740km