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HAL LUH / Ka-226: News and Discussions

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by Gessler, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. lca-fan

    lca-fan Captain FULL MEMBER

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    IDN TAKE: KAMOV KA-226 - HOW DOES IT ADD TO INDIAN DEFENSE CAPABILITIES?
    SATURDAY, APRIL 08, 2017 BY INDIANDEFENSE NEWS


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    by Sareth Kailas Kumaresan
    With Russian President Vladimir Putin finally giving the go ahead for setting up an Indo-Russian joint venture to produce the Kamov (Ka-226) military helicopters as per a $1 billion-dollar deal inked in 2015, the Indian military is finally set to get a reprieve from its critical helicopter shortage.
    India has ordered 200 of the Ka-226 utility helicopters, the first of which, will begin delivery in 2019. The Ka-226, unlike conventional helicopters has an interchangeable mission pod, rather than a conventional cabin, allowing many different configurations according to the mission, making it truly a utility helicopter.
    The light, twin-engine yet multi-role chopper offers flexibility for military purposes and for civilian purposes. The chopper is intended to replace the ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters which have recently been running into many technical snags.
    Apart from replacing and bolstering the old utility helicopter fleet, Russian Helicopters, the company which makes the Ka-226 says that the military variant can work effectively in extreme and difficult weather conditions. This will include hot climate, marine areas and mountainous terrain, making it a perfect fit for the diverse terrains of the Indian subcontinent.
    The Helicopter can also be effectively used for reconnaissance, targeting and monitoring and transportation of equipment unto 1.5 tonnes. Interchangeable and mission specific pods also mean the chopper can carry up to seven paratroopers and security personnel increasing mobility of assets and increasing the Indian militaries surgical strike capabilities.
    Kamov-226 has a top speed of 250 kmp/h and has been refined from the old and proven Ka-26 helicopter, with a refined rotor system, increased nose visibility and a new passenger cabin design. The aircraft is also made of composite materials, making it light and with a new transmission system and twin coaxial rotors, making it highly manoeuvrable. The chopper also has Medivac, disaster relief and patrol variant mission pods for the military and air ambulance, police and fire fighting variants have also been designed for civilian purposes
    With the addition of this new, reliable and proven chopper, the military is definitely set to get a boost to its operational capabilities within the next few years.

    http://www.indiandefensenews.in/2017/04/idn-take-kamov-ka-226-how-does-it-add.html
     
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  2. Sathya

    Sathya Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    If kamov is made in HAL , the LUH must be allowed to be made in private sector.. Second line to ramp up the LUH numbers.
     
  3. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Interchangeable mission pods biggest advantage of this helo's.
     
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  4. Sancho

    Sancho Major Technical Analyst

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    I like the modules idea for armored vehicles, to limit the need of many dedicated varient of the same vehicle, but in this case it's questionable imo.
    Take a GTK Boxer IFV as an example, it has mission modules for different roles too and it's base always remains the same.
    Different varients of different helicopters on the other side, have completely different requirements of sensors, avionics or capabilities.
    A SAR version of the Ka 226 for example would need a forward looking IR system, a naval version a search radar, a version that is used on a carrier or vessels might need folding rotors..., but all these things are fixed features of the helicopter base and changing the mission module won't help.
    An IA version won't have folding rotors, a naval version with a MEDIVAC mission module is useless for maritime SAR or surveillance and so on.
     
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  5. Sancho

    Sancho Major Technical Analyst

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    In addition to what I wrote above...

    Ka226 and MEDIVAC mission module:

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    As we can see, the base of the helicopter has a winch and search lights added to suit the SAR role, which however not all Ka226 in IA or IAF will have, so even if you add the MEDIVAC mission module, you can't always use the helicopter in all roles, since only the internal content of the modules will change.


    ICG Dhruv in MEDIVAC misson:

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    Since all Dhruv's and the new HAL LUH have the rear doors, they can be used for MEDIVAC roles without changes. All they might missed, are specific medical equipment, which might not be carried all the time.
    That gives faster reaction time to such missions, just as less storage space requirements for Dhruv and LUH compared to the Ka226.
     
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  6. The enlightened

    The enlightened 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    This makes no sense. In fact the only way to make sense of this post is to completely reverse everything you just said.
     

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