Russia to Start Testing New Helicopter Gunship Engine
Russia’s leading aircraft engine maker OAO Klimov will soon start testing an advanced engine for attack helicopters, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.
The VK-2500 is produced under a special federal program to develop the country’s defense sector and allied industries, he said, adding that it is built using exclusively Russian-manufactured components.
“We are completely moving away from imported components,” Rogozin said.
Some 50 new engines are to be made next year for Ka-52 Alligator and Mi-28 Havoc helicopter gunships and, starting from 2015, a total of 400 are to be produced each year.
“We will be able to equip 200 helicopters with new engines [each year],” Rogozin added.
Source: GORKI, RIA Novosti News - 15 December 2012
Photo: Russian Ka-52 Alligator Attack Helicopter (Photo by RIA Novosti. Anton Denisov)