The Kamov Ka-60 Kasatka (Russian: "Касатка", ("Killer Whale"[3]) is a Russian medium twin-turbine military transport helicopter under development by Kamov. It performed its first flight on 24 December 1998.

Ka-60 Kasatka
Kamov Ka-60 prototype at MAKS 2003
Role Transport/utility helicopter
National origin Russia
Manufacturer Kamov
First flight 24 December 1998[1]
Number built 2[2]

The civil version is known as Kamov Ka-62.



The Ka-60 has an estimated local military market of 200 units (Army aviation units, Border Police and the Ministry of Internal Affairs).[citation needed] The Ka-60 is to be used for aerial reconnaissance, for transporting air-assault forces, radio-electronic jamming, for special-operations missions and for various light-transport missions. Variations for foreign sale are expected. Manufacture is to take place at Ulan-Ude.

The civil version, the 6.8 t (15,000 lb) Ka-62, can carry up to 15 passengers or 2–2.5 t (4,400–5,500 lb) of cargo (internally or externally), has a top speed of 167 kn (310 km/h) and a range of 380 nmi (700 km).[4] It features a five-blade main rotor and shrouded tail rotor, and is powered by a pair of Safran Ardiden 3Gs, and later by in-development Klimov VK-1600s.[4] It has a 30-minute run-dry gearbox by Zoerkler, and can operate on one engine up to 9,500 ft (2,900m).[5]



The development of the helicopter was long. The program started in 1984, but the first prototype Ka-60-01 flew in December 1998, and the second in 2007.[6]

A civil version, the Ka-62, was initially proposed when the Ka-60 programme was launched, but no production followed owing to development problems with the Ka-60's Saturn RD-600V 1500 hp engines. Instead, an agreement was signed in April 2011 to use the 1,306 kW (1,751 hp) Turbomeca Ardiden 3G turboshaft for a revised Ka-62. The main rotor will be driven via a new transmission, while the helicopter will have a revised cabin with larger windows and new avionics. First flight of the Ka-62 was planned for May 2013, with certification in 2014. Four prototypes and an initial batch of 16 Ka-62s for the Russian Ministry of Defence were planned,[7] with another 12 ordered by South American civilian customers. Russian certification was expected in 2018, with European EASA certification following in 2020.[8]

The Ka-62 was unveiled in 2012 and flight tests began in 2017.[4] After 434 test flights with three prototypes during 700h, it was certified on 30 November 2021 by Russian regulator Rosaviatsia.[4] Deliveries should begin in 2022, planned production is six units in 2022, eight in 2023 and 10 in 2024.[4] A cargo hook, a winch, a medical module and an anti-icing system should be certified until 2024.[4]

The development and certification of the Ka-62 was stopped in late 2022 due to Western sanctions and the large number of foreign-made components (including the French-manufactured engine).[9]


Ka-62 glass cockpit
Basic multi-role model.
Training version.
Naval version.
Reconnaissance version.
New version for the civilian market. It has a redesigned fuselage with a high degree of composites, a larger cabin than the earlier demonstrators and will be equipped with Turbomeca Ardiden 3G engines.[10]
Ka-64 Sky Horse
Western certified export version equipped with two General Electric T700/CT7 turboshaft engines and five-blade main rotor.


Ka-62 serial configuration prototype
  • Atlas Taxi Aereo (7 on order)[13]



Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004,[1] Russian Helicopters[10]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Capacity: 12–15 passengers (Ka-62)
    • 14 infantry troops or 6 stretchers
    • Internal 2,000 kg (4,409 lb)
    • External 2,500 kg (5,512 lb)
  • Length: 15.6 m (51 ft 2 in) overall
  • Height: 4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)
  • Max takeoff weight: 6,500 kg (14,330 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Turbomeca Ardiden 3G turboshaft, 1,324 kW (1,776 shp) each
  • Main rotor diameter: 13.5 m (44 ft 3 in)
  • Main rotor area: 143.1 m2 (1,540 sq ft)


  • Maximum speed: 308 km/h (191 mph, 166 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 290 km/h (180 mph, 160 kn)
  • Range: 770 km (480 mi, 420 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,700 m (18,700 ft)
  • Hover ceiling: 3,300 m (10,827 ft)

See also


Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists


  1. ^ a b Jackson 2003, pp. 373–374.
  2. ^ Андрей Фомин (2012-05-17). "Новинки HeliRussia 2012" (in Russian). Журнал «Взлёт». Archived from the original on 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  3. ^ Kamov Ka-60 archived webpage
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dominic Perry (1 December 2021). "Ka-62 helicopter gains Russian certification". Flightglobal.
  5. ^ Mladenov Air International January 2014, p. 74.
  6. ^ Butowski, Piotr. Rosyjskie śmigłowce: kryzys nie mija. Helirussia, Moskwa, 25–27 maja 2017 r., "Lotnictwo Aviation International" Nr. 7/2017, p. 36-37 (in Polish)
  7. ^ Butowski Air International September 2012, pp. 66–67.
  8. ^ Mladneov Air International June 2016, pp. 6–7.
  9. ^ "Russia puts Ka-62, its newest civilian helicopter project, on ice - AeroTime". 2022-11-11. Retrieved 2024-05-21.
  10. ^ a b "Russian Helicopters". Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  11. ^ Kamov Ka-60,, Russian Military Analisis. Retrieved on September 8, 2008.
  12. ^ "World Air Forces 2013" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Brazil's Atlas Taxi Aereo becomes first export customer for the Ka-62". Flightglobal. 19 December 2012. Archived from the original on 19 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  14. ^ "MAKS: Russian Helicopters grows backlog for Kamov Ka-62". Flightglobal. 2013-08-29. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2013-08-29.


  • Butowski, Piotr. "Russia's Restyled Helicopter". Air International, September 2012, Vol. 82 No. 3. pp. 66–67. ISSN 0306-5634.
  • Butowski, Piotr. Rosyjskie śmigłowce: kryzys nie mija. Helirussia, Moskwa, 25–27 maja 2017 r., "Lotnictwo Aviation International" Nr. 7/2017, p. 44–45 (in Polish)
  • Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK:Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.
  • Mladenov, Alexander. "Kamov's Six Tonne Twin". Air International, January 2014, Vol.86, No. 1. pp. 74–75. ISSN 0306-5634.
  • Maldenov, Alexander. "Ka-62". Air International, June 2016, Vol. 90, No. 6. pp. 6–7. ISSN 0306-5634.
  • "Nezavisimaya Gazeta", No.241 (1812), 25 December 1998. translation

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