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PAK-VV - Prospective Aviation Complex combat helicopter [Voevoi Vertolet]
UVK attack helicopter (Udarny Vertolyotny Kompleks)
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PSV (Perspektivny Skorostnoy Vertolyot) Advanced High-Speed Helicopter

A prospective combat helicopter, the technical task (TOR) for which is being formed now, may appear as early as 2027. Andrey Boginsky, head of the Russian Helicopters holding, told reporters on 25 August 2020 within the framework of the Army 2020 forum. "We are in a dialogue with the Ministry of Defense. <...> In fact, a technical specification for a helicopter will be formed with deliveries at the end of this decade - the beginning of the next, the life of this machine will be 30-40 years, maybe more. This is a complex analytical work. by defining the future concept, by setting the requirements. And the requirements are promising, because the car will be produced in about 7 years," he said.

In August 2017, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant signed a contract for R&D "Speed" for the development of a promising (high-speed) combat helicopter. As reported at the signing ceremony, as a result of this research work, a scientific and technical reserve will be created for the development of a new type of aircraft.

Russian Helicopters had developed a preliminary design, prepared a prototype of a flying laboratory (Project 3701), developed a preliminary design of the Klimov VK-2500M engine and prepared the technical proposal for the demonstrator. However, feasibility studies indicated that simultaneously increasing speed and reducing the cost of operations for commercial applications would not be achievable. Consequently, the PSV program was divided into two efforts in 2012.

One is the design and development of an Advanced Medium Commercial Helicopter (Perspektivny Sredny Kommerchesky Vertolyot or PSKV), which was previously known as the Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (RACHEL), for which Mil had developed its V-37 (Mi-37) conceptual design. Russian Helicopters continued to fund the PSKV project this year from its own resources while seeking state support from the Ministry for Industry and Trade for development in 2016 and beyond. Putting the PSKV into service will allow Russian Helicopters to protect the domestic market, including in the gas and oil offshore transportation segment. In the future, technologies from the research will be integrated into multi-role rotorcraft, search and rescue helicopters, and other designs.

The second thrust is a research program using the foundation of the PSV work to achieve rotorcraft speeds of more than 450 km/h (243 kt). The technological advances engendered as part of the PSV program will be used for the commercial PSKV and for high-speed military rotorcraft programs, as well as in the development of other new rotorcraft. The PSKV will be in the 1020 ton (22,00044,000 lb) gross take-off weight range, and will comply with international safety and environmental standards.

The Ministry of Defence is backing the research of the military high-speed rotorcraft. The program is proceeding full speed ahead. Two high-speed programs are being funded: the UVK attack helicopter (Udarny Vertolyotny Kompleks Strike Helicopter System) and medium-sized PSSTDV transport (Perspektivny Sredny Skorostnoy Transportno-Desantny Vertolyot Advanced High-Speed Medium Utility Helicopter), the latter reportedly based on the PSKV civil design. The operational UVK is targeted to reach 450500 km/h (240270 kt). Mil and Kamov are developing competing approaches and the first UVK demonstrator was expected to fly in 2018, with production to begin in 2022.

By 2030, naval aviation will receive two types of new helicopters - a carrier-based combat helicopter [Voevoi Vertolet] and a multi-purpose ship and coast-based helicopter. "Serial production of <...> a promising coastal and ship-based multi-purpose helicopter complex and a ship-based combat helicopter will begin," said the chief of naval aviation of the Russian Navy, Major General Igor Kozhin. The general said that the new aircraft will come in the framework of the program for updating the fleet of aircraft and helicopters of naval aviation in 2021-2030.

Until the advent of new machines, the fleet will continue to modernize existing helicopters. The re-equipment of the base of anti-submarine forces and target designation forces for ship groupings of the Ka-27 helicopter into new Ka-27M helicopters is going on. In fact, they already make up half of the park, said Kozhin.

He also added that along with the delivery of the Ka-27M, work is underway to further upgrade them. As for the combat helicopter, in the period until 2020 the fleet plans to rearm on the Ka-52K Katran attack helicopter.

Earlier, Andrey Boginsky, General Director of Russian Helicopters Holding, said that the holding continues to work on the promising multi-purpose Minoga sea helicopter. Work on the preliminary technical design of the machine should be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

It was reported that the Russian Navy will immediately receive several modifications of the promising deck-mounted helicopter "Lamprey", including the landing. According to Sergey Mikheev, general designer of Kamov JSC, its mass production can begin in about ten years.

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