Russian Helicopters demonstrate Ka226T in mountains of Kazakhstan
Rusian Helicopters begin a demonstration tour using the Ka-226T helicopter flying the aircraft in the mountains of Kazakhstan.
The tour is aimed at potential Ka-226T customers in Kazakhstan, including the airborne divisions of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Health and other law enforcement and environmental authorities, as well as commercial helicopter operators.
Flights were flown over flat and mountainous terrain around Öskemen (Ust-Kamenogorsk). The Ka-226T also undertook a special flight at the request of the Aviation Division of East Kazakhstan Province, hovering and landing at an altitude of 2,500 metres above sea level in a practice evacuation.
Russian Helicopters director of marketing Mikhail Dubrovin said: “We see significant potential in the Kazakh helicopter market and are fully able to meet demand. As we introduce new models to the global market, we begin by presenting them in CIS countries. Today we are pleased to demonstrate the Ka-226T on the ground and in flight to our Kazakh partners. We look forward to hearing their feedback and are prepared to consider localisation of production of certain Russian Helicopters models, including the new Ka-226T, in Kazakhstan.”
With demand increasing in Kazakhstan for helicopters, Russian Helicopters is working with Aviation Repair Factory No. 405 to prepare a plan for a joint venture to manufacture the Ka-226T in the country.
In the spring of 2013 a medevac version of the Ka-226T took part in tests as part of preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The first serially produced Ka-226T built for the Russian Emergencies Ministry was demonstrated at the HeliRussia 2013 exhibition, which recently took place in Moscow in May 2013.