Russia has announced the construction of the test site of the VK-650V turboshaft engine and the power plants will begin testing soon. The engine is being developed for the Ka-226T light utility helicopter.
The test bench includes a new power frame and a hydraulic brake, a fuel-oil system, specially designed for the size of the VK-650V engine, and a modern control room. According to the results of the tests, the engine design will be changed.
It is planned to produce the engine prototype 2021-2022 and start mass production by 2024.
The VK-650V, which can be used on Ansat-U and VRT-500 helicopters and other platforms of the same payload class, will be adapted for UAVs in the future.