Rostec demonstrates the updated version of the Ka-226T light helicopter at the MAKS 2021 International Aviation and Space Salon. It can fly in the highlands, over the water and land on the deck. Thanks to the opportunity to work at high altitudes, its working name was Alpinist. The helicopter has a coaxial rotor scheme: it is well controlled at extreme altitudes and resistant to strong crosswinds. The Ka-226T is highly effective when flying over the water surface. It can take off and land on the deck of even small sea vessels. The prototype will begin test flights this fall.
The Kamov Ka-226 (NATO reporting name: Hoodlum) is a small, twin-engine Russian utility helicopter produced at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The Ka-226 features an interchangeable mission pod, rather than a conventional cabin, allowing the use of various accommodation or equipment configurations. The Ka-226 entered service in 2002.The aircraft is fitted with a new rotor system, increased visibility nose, and new passenger cabin design. The aircraft is fitted with trademark Kamov coaxial rotors, of advanced composite design, making the Ka-226 highly manoeuvrable and eliminating the need for a tail rotor.
Under a 2011 contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence, Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise completed production of a batch of Ka-226. 80 helicopters, which was delivered to the customer on 17 April 2015. In December 2014 it was reported that India is in agreement with the Russian Federation to produce Ka-226T and Mi-17 on its territory. Following selection of the Ka-226T to meet an India requirement for 197 helicopters, an agreement was signed in December 2015 for the creation of a joint venture between Rostec, Russian Helicopters and Hindustan Aeronautics to build the helicopters at a new factory to be built at Tumakuru in India.