Russian Helicopter Ka-32: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The civilian Ka-32 is based on the Ka-27 ‘Helix’ helicopter built for the Russian military. The most common version seen in Europe will be the Ka-32A11BC used for fire-fighting using an external Bambi bucket in Spain and Portugal. Being a coaxial powered helicopter there is no need for a tail rotor.

Missions: Search and Rescue, Security, Oil & Gas , EMS, unusual loads, logging, medevac and fire-fighting

First Flight: 24 December 1973 (as Ka-27), 1980 (as Ka-32)

World fleet: 267 (all variants)

Category: Twin-engine


Maximum speed (Vne):  260 kmh

Maximum cruise speed (Vh): 245 kmh

Maximum range: 650 kms


Maximum take-off gross weight: 11,000 kg/12,700 kg (with underslung external cargo)

Empty weight:  6,500 kg

Loaded weight:  11,000 kg

Passengers (crew): 13 (1-2)

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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