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Kazan Ansat

Russia (2015)
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The Kazan Ansat is a highly-conventional light utility helicopter product and being offered in several distinct forms for civilian and military use.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Kazan Ansat Multirole Utility Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 6/13/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The medium-lift utility helicopter market is a fierce one and it therefore comes as no surprise that there are many participants in the field. Kazan Helicopters of Russia - once a contributor to the many Mil helicopter products - now manages its own direction in helicopter development and manufacture. Following a failed joint venture attempt with Eurocopter, Kazan eventually struck out on its definitive own during the early-to-mid 1990s and formed its own in-house team of engineers with new product goals in mind. One of the resulting designs became a lightweight helicopter platform which achieved first flight on August 17th, 1999. Today, the product is known under the name of "Ansat", features several possible variations on the base design and is poised to generate some interest on the world market - particularly with many medium-lift utility types meeting the end of their useful service lives the world over.

The standard Ansat design features a crew of two seated side-by-side in a typical arrangement. The middle section of the fuselage is accordingly reserved for passengers to which the helicopter can seat up to ten in comfort. Additionally, the cabin can be configuration for various roles - both civilian and military in nature - which adds a quality of modularity to the product. The engine compartment is conventionally set atop the cabin roof and consists of 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW2-7K turboshafts developing up to 630 horsepower each. The engines drive a four-bladed main rotor and a two-bladed tail rotor with the main rotor sitting atop a short mast while the tail rotor is offset to the starboard side of the aircraft. Large sliding side doors allow for relatively easy entry/exit of the passenger cabin and hinged automobile-style doors are used by the pilots at front. Vision out of the cockpit is expectedly strong thanks to large use of transparent windscreens where possible. The undercarriage is of a skid arrangement which allows the helicopter to land on unprepared surfaces with relative ease.
At least several major prototypes emerged from testing with the first leading the way in ground testing for a static airframe. The next prototype became was a flyable version which marked the line's first official airborne attempt in 1999. A follow-up prototype was identified a lengthened fuselage which increased internal volume and yet another prototype was granted new "clam shell" style doors at the passenger cabin, the lower section used as a handy stair case. The standard Ansat helicopter is listed with a maximum speed of 170 miles per hour with a cruising speed of approximately 155 miles per hour. Range is expected to reach around 335 miles with a service ceiling of 14,760 feet and rate-of-climb nearing 4,250 feet per minute.

Such a broad developmental approach has yielded several notable configurations being offered by Kazan: The "Ansat-U" is a military-minded helicopter trainer that features a dual-control scheme for student and instructor (this version has been accepted by the Russian Air Force as its next helicopter trainer platform). The "Ansat-UT" is another variant though featuring a wheeled undercarriage as opposed to the original's skid assembly. The "Ansat-M" is a MEDEVAC platform designed specifically for hauling two patient litters, medical staff and applicable mission equipment. In an effort to interest the military market, the "Ansat-UM" has followed suit as a militarized MEDEVAC offering and can carry up to four patient litters.

While these are all useful helicopter products, the most interesting offshoot of the Ansat line is the proposed "Ansat-2RC" - a vastly modified two-seat light attack helicopter model based on the Ansat internal workings. The crew are seated in stepped cockpits and this has resulted in a slimmer fuselage and thinner forward profile. The skid undercarriage is retained for simplicity and robustness as is the four-bladed main rotor, starboard side-mounted tail rotor and twin engine pairing. Standard armament includes a fixed-position 12.7mm heavy machine gun along the starboard side of the fuselage. Optional armament would be affixed along two short wing stubs each managing a pair of hardpoints. It is expected that the helicopter would support various Russian- and Western-originated ordnance products ranging from homing/guided missiles, rocket pods, cannon pods and even conventional drop bombs. An Ansat-2RC was displayed at MAKS 2007 to help prove the concept sound and generate early interest in the product.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (171mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Russia
Year: 2015
Type: Multirole Utility Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Kazan Helicopters / Russian Helicopters - Russia
Production: 30
Global Operators:
Russia
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Kazan Ansat model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
45.11 ft


Meters
13.75 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
11.15 ft


Meters
3.4 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
9,237 lb


Kilograms
4,190 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
16,039 lb


Kilograms
7,275 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207K turboshaft engines developing 630 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
171 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
275 kph


Knots
148 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
336 mi


Kilometers
540 km


Nautical Miles
292 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
14,764 ft


Meters
4,500 m


Miles
2.80 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
4,230 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
1,289 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

Usually none. Light attack helicopter model featuring 1 x 12.7mm heavy machine gun and 4 x underwing stub mounts for rocket pods, drop bombs or missiles. Basic military transports could see door-mounted machine guns for defense.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Ansat - Base Series Model with skid undercarriage
• Amsat-UT - Proposed utility mark with wheeled undercarriage.
• Ansat-M - Proposed civilian MEDEVAC model
• Ansat-UM - Proposed Militarized MEDEVAC model
• Ansat-2RC - Two-seat light attack helicopter; stepped cockpit arrangement; fixed-position 12.7mm starboard-side heavy machine gun; wingstubs supporting missiles, rocket pods, gun pods and drop bombs.