The Russian Defence Ministry published a video of drills being conducted by the Baltic Fleet’s naval aviation, which showed the landing of a Ka-27 military helicopter in difficult meteorological conditions. The helicopter landed on the decks of Steregushchiy-class corvette and Yaroslav Mudryi patrol ship of the Baltic Fleet. It demonstrates how naval aviation works in adverse weather conditions. According to the Ministry, the crew completed more than 60 landings during the drills. The manoeuvres included landing in drift and moving during the light and dark hours of the day. The pilots also worked on methods of searching and tracking enemy submarines.
The Kamov Ka-27 (NATO reporting name ‘Helix’) is a military helicopter developed for the Soviet Navy, and currently in service in various countries including Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, China, South Korea, and India. Variants include the Ka-29 assault transport, the Ka-28 downgraded export version, and the Ka-32 for civilian use. The Steregushchiy class (Vigilant) is the newest class of corvette in the Russian Navy. It was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The first ship was designated Project 2038.0 (or 20380) by the Russian Government; subsequent vessels were built to an improved design, Project 20381. At 2,200 tons it is large for a corvette and is designated as a frigate by NATO.