The Kamov Ka-32A is a Russian utility helicopter that has been in production since 1980. It is capable of being used for both civilian and military purposes, which have become more prominent with its recent use by the Syrian government in their battle against rebels. The helicopter has an interesting history, but to better understand it we should take a closer look at some specifications.

1980 to: Present
US$6.5 million
Israel Aerospace Industries.
2x 2 X Klimov TV3-117V turboshafts
2,190 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
124 knots
230 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
530 Nautical Miles
982 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
0.7 nautical mile / gallon
0.342 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
16,405 feet
Rate of Climb:
2460 feet / minute
12.50metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
12,700 Kg
27,998 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
5,000 Kg
11,023 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
700 gallon
2,650 litre
Baggage Volume:
1 m3 / 35 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
13 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
1.24 metre - 4.07 feet
Cabin Width:
1.3 metre - 4.27 feet
Cabin Length:
4.52 metre - 14.83 feet
Exterior Length:
11.3 metre - 37.07 feet
Tail height:
5.5 metre - 18.04 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.6 metre - 5.25 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
15.9 metre - 52.16 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

The Ka-32A’s rotors are positioned on top of the fuselage like most other helicopters (though instead of one main rotor there are two). This positioning allows it to operate from small spaces because the blades will not hit anything when turning around after landing or taking off. There is also no need for a tail rotor because the anti-torque vanes make it possible to counterbalance the rotor’s torque.

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