The VK-650V engine is currently undergoing ground tests. Rostec, which owns ODK-Klimov, promises to produce a dozen experimental VK-650V engines for light helicopters. They will be installed on the Ansat model. It is on them that gas turbine engines will be tested.
Let us recall that the production of Russian-made light rotorcraft was discontinued due to the rupture of contracts with foreign partners. Talk about the Ansat and Ka-226 models. They were equipped with engines from Canadian and French manufacturers.
We are waiting for the resumption of light helicopter production. Photo: Youtube.com
There is a demand for light helicopters in Russia. And they are ready to buy them abroad. For example, before the introduction of economic sanctions, India planned to purchase 140 Ka-226 kits for assembly at its production facilities.
The VK-650V gas turbine engines are promising - they can be used on helicopters weighing up to four tons. It is possible to install these power units on drones.