In 1999, Kamov, in association with Pratt & Whitney of Canada, introduced the Ka-115. A twin-engined version, the Ka-215, was announced in 2000. Kamov estimated sales of about 335-525 helicopters by 2015 at an expected price of $0.7-0.8 million for the home market or $1.0 million for export. It was expected that the first buyer of the Ka-115 model will be the Moscow mayorship -- it has already been named the Moskvichka due to that contract.
The KA-115, which was nicknamed Moskvichka at the Moscow Mayor's request, was a light multipurpose helicopter of the new generation with the skid landing gear. Klimov is equipped with the gas turbine engine of the joint production of Pratt-Whitney/(Canada- Russia). It is intended for fulfilling the wide spectrum of aviation works, including: for the passenger and cargo transportation; as the means of fast medical aid; for the search and rescue and patrol operations by the subdivisions of MChS (emergency and disaster relief ministry) and MVD; as the means of mobile connection and control.
For providing of flight safety under the conditions of low temperatures and high dustiness the helicopter is provided with de-icing system on the rotor, heating and dustproof device of the air duct of engine. Is in flight in the coastal zone the installation of the pneumatic floats provided. The layout of cab ensures a good operational accessibility, the possibility of changing the interior and equipment with different special equipment. Cab is equipped: by the means of a decrease in the level of vibration and noise, by the heating systems and ventilation, by the comfortable energy-consuming crew couches and passengers.
In the medical version for the service of medical aid the helicopter KA-115 makes it possible to transport three sitting patients or one lying on the stretchers with the possibility rendering to intensive medical aid aboard in flight. For this purpose in the set of onboard medical equipment are included resuscitative- respiratory and diagnostic equipment, de-fibrillator and other necessary collections of medical complete sets and pilings. For increasing the comfort of the transportation of recumbent patient the capability of the equipment of helicopter by special receiver with the amortization device for the stretchers is provided.
Special attention is given to the guarantee of impact durability of the construction of helicopter and integrity of the volume of cab for purposes of the survival of crew and passengers in the case of emergency landings. The access into the cab and the baggage hold is effected through the large door apertures and the hatchways from both boards and hatchway from the tail end of the fuselage. The new construction of the coaxial rotor, transmission with the lowered level of vibration and noise, soundproof skin of interior cab provide in it comfort at automobile level. Helicopter answers world standards on the reliability, resource, flight safety, comfortable conditions for the pilot and the passengers.
The Kamov Company focused on the development of its low-cost light 7 seater Ka-115 helicopter, Veniamin Kasyanikov, Deputy Designer General, Kamov Company said in early 2000. At that time, according to Kasyanikov, the Ka-115 development program would cost approximately 30 mln US dollars over the next couple of years. Ka-115 consumes between 70-75 kilograms per hour, which is substantially low than Mi-8`s fuel burn. The price of the new helicopter is estimated at 700 thousand US dollars. The market demand for Ka-115 helicopters until 2015 will be between 335 and 525 rotorcraft units."
In April 2002 Turbomeca signed an agreement with Kamov to provide engines for the Ka-226, Ka-115 and other light helicopters. This contract marks the first time that Turbomeca has been chosen to power a Russian-built helicopter - and the first time a Turbomeca engine will power a twin-rotor machine.
In July 2002 the new generation aviation engine AI-450, which the Ukrainian public joint-stock company MOTOR SICH had started making as pilot specimens and which has been developed by the company's close partner, the Zaporizhia-based design office PROGRESS, was chosen by the Russian company KAMOV as the engine for its new light helicopter KA-115. The news was disclosed by the MOTOR SICH public relations on 26 July 2002.
The turboshaft engine AI-450 is meant for a wide variety of rotary-wing aircraft, basically in the range of 1,500-4,000 kg carrying capacity. It has been developed under the "Program of manufacture of rotary-wing aircraft KA-226 (KA-450) engines." The Program was endorsed on October 11, 2000. The Moscow-based helicopter making works M.L. Mil has been showing interest to this engine as matching MI-34AS, MI-2A and MI-44 choppers. The MOTOR SICH company's schedule envisages the onset of AI-450s' serial manufacture by 2004.
By mid-2002, design documentation had been completed and US$30 million was being sought for manufacture of a prototype. No development timetable had been published. The Progress (ZMKB) AI-450 turboshaft was reportedly selected in mid-2002 (against competition from Turbomeca's Arrius 2G) as a replacement for the P&W PW206D previously proposed.
The KA-115 helicopter's R&D program costs about 30 M. USD. By 2002 the manufacturer had secured an over 50 unit order portfolio for the light chopper, basically from Russian companies and small privately-run businesses. In experts' opinion at that time, by 2015 Russia's demand for these rotary-wing aircraft will likely be in the range between 350 and 520 units. As of 2004 promotion of this light utility helicopter was continuing against commitments by several potential customers to a total of 50.
As if 2018, it appears that only one prototype was built.
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