Kamov Ka-15

The Kamov Ka-15 (NATO reporting name Hen) was a Soviet two-seat utility helicopter with coaxial rotors which first flew on April 14, 1952 at the hands of test pilot D.K.Yefremov. The world's first mass-produced coaxial helicopter. State acceptance trials were completed in 1955, and the helicopter entered production the following year at aircraft factory No.99 in Ulan-Ude. It was a precursor to the Ka-18, fitted with the M-14 engine (helicopter version). It was primarily used for bush patrol, agricultural purposes and fishery control.

Ka-15
Kamov Ka-15
Role Light utility helicopter
National origin Soviet Union
Manufacturer Kamov
First flight April 14, 1952
Introduction 1955
Retired 1970s
Number built 375[1]
Variants Kamov Ka-18

Variants

  • Ka-15 : Two-seat light utility helicopter for the Soviet Navy.
  • Ka-15M : Two-seat light utility helicopter. Civilian version of the Ka-15.
  • Ka-18 : Four-seat light utility helicopter.

Operators

 Soviet Union

Specifications (Ka-15M)

Data from Soviet Transport Aircraft since 1945[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 pax / 250 kg (551 lb) cargo
  • Length: 6.26 m (20 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
  • Empty weight: 990 kg (2,183 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,410 kg (3,109 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ivchenko AI-14V 9-cylinderair-cooled radial piston engine, 190 kW (250 hp)
  • Main rotor diameter: 2× 9.96 m (32 ft 8 in)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 150 km/h (93 mph, 81 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 125 km/h (78 mph, 67 kn)
  • Range: 390 km (240 mi, 210 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 3,000 m (9,800 ft)
  • Disk loading: 9 kg/m2 (1.8 lb/sq ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.14 kW/kg (0.085 hp/lb)

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

References

  1. http://militaryrussia.ru/blog/topic-505.html
  2. "WORLD HELICOPTER MARKET 1967 pg. 65". flight. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  3. "Military Helicopter Market 1971 pg. 581". flight. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  4. Stroud 1968, pp. 136–138.
  • Gunston, Bill. The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft 1875–1995. London:Osprey, 1995. ISBN 1-85532-405-9.
  • Stroud, John. Soviet Transport Aircraft since 1945. London:Putnam, 1968. ISBN 0-370-00126-5.
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