Moscow. Helicopter Service Company (HSC) has entered into a contract with Russian Helicopters and South Korea’s Department of Forest Aviation to repair four of the South Korean operator’s Ka-32T helicopters, a Russian Helicopters press statement said October 22.
According to the contract, the restorations aim to increase resources so as to extend the flight times of the helicopters to 2000 hours, with a 10 year guarantee until any further major repairs will be needed. This is the first direct contract between HSC and the South Korean operator that hasn’t required mediation. In the past, similar work has been carried out by LG International in its technical service centre, with HSC involved as a contractor.
The repairs detailed in the contract will be carried out by specialists from Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KAPE), which is also a part of Russian Helicopters. The work will take place in Wonju at one of the Forest Aviation Department’s technical service centres responsible for projects of this kind. The obligations of the contract should be fulfilled within eight months.
Ka-32 is a common model of medium-sized helicopter with coaxial rotors, two turboshaft engines and a non-retractable chassis. Ka-32 is a civilian version of the search and rescue helicopter Ka-27PS, developed by the Kamov Design Bureau. From 1985 Ka-32 helicopters were serially produced at KAPE. Today South Korea successfully employs more than 60 Ka-32 helicopters to carry out various tasks, and this fleet has accumulated a flight time of over 100,000 hours.
KAPE is a Russian Helicopters company and the largest industrial enterprise in Kumertau, manufacturing high-tech equipment for helicopters and other purposes. It specialises in coaxial rotor system helicopters. It produces all the Ka-27 and Ka-31 models, as well as the civilian multirole Ka-32A11BC and the new Ka-226 and Ka-226T.
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