First prototype Ka-62 helicopter takes to the air

The first prototype (OP-1) of the Ka-62 helicopter has been launched at Russian Helicopters’ Progress Arsenyev aviation company.

The lift in a hover mode was part of the factory flight testing and was completed successfully.

The helicopter was operated by test pilots from the Kamov Design Bureau, which is the main developer of the Ka-62. Previously, the rotorcraft has successfully passed a series of tests in a ground-based racing mode.

“This is a very significant event for the Russian Helicopters holding company and a due result of our work.”

“This is a very significant event for the Russian Helicopters holding company and a due result of our work,” said the holding company’s chief executive Alexander Mikheev. “The new Ka-62 will complement the civilian versions of the honoured and most produced helicopter in the world – Mi-8/17, and it will fill a high demand niche in the class of helicopters with a six to seven ton take-off weight.”

The Ka-62 is designed to be operated for search and rescue, corporate/VIP travel and in the oil and gas industry.

Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an after sale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and worldwide.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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