Russian Helicopters, a part of State Corporation Rostec, announces on thursday that the tests for the Ka-52K 'Katran' shipborne helicopter will be completed before the end of 2019. “So, the deliveries to the Defense Ministry will start right after the trials,” the company said.
Having successfully completed the first tests in May this year, the Ka-52K has shorter folding wings which have been redesigned to carry heavy weapons and a blade-folding mechanism for stowage in the hold.
Powered with two VK-2500 or VK-2500P turbo-shaft engines developing a maximum take-off power of 2,400hp each, the first Ka-52K prototype made its maiden flight in March 2015 . The engines provide a maximum speed of 300km/h and cruising speed of 260km/h.