The Russian Armed Forces have authorized for service the newest early warning radar-carrying helicopter Ka-35, a source in the defense-industrial complex told TASS 25 August 2015. "The Ka-35 has passed all tests and has been authorized for service," the source said.
The source recalled the previous generation helicopter Ka-31, developed for performing early warning functions. "It is a relatively old aircraft," he said. "It was developed a while ago for performing a number of roles, such as providing protection for project 1143 ships. It proved highly efficient in this capacity," he said.
The Ka-31 designers coped with a number of complex technical problems, such as the presence of a large antenna rotating under the fuselage. These solutions proved very helpful in designing the Ka-35 which is equipped with a rotating laterally oriented antenna.
The Kamov Ka-35 was a projected heavy-lift jet-powered rotary-wing aircraft. The design featured two four-blade rotors side-by-side on wings with turbojet engines for in-flight acceleration. Little is known of this aircraft, but photos of a model exist in several places.
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