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Kamov Ka-175 - Russia, 2016

Detailing the development and operational history of the Kamov Ka-175 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Helicopter.

 Entry last updated on 11/18/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Kamov Ka-175  
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Kamov unveiled plans for their Ka-175 unmanned helicopter drone in August of 2014.

Slower to the UAV game that Western world powers, the Russians are steadily gaining ground in an effort to match potential enemies pound-for-pound. Long-time Russian helicopter maker Kamov has unveiled plans to produce a helicopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for possible shipboard and land-based use by the Russian military and intelligence services. The system would feature the trademark Kamov contra-rotating main rotor blades in which one main unit is seated over the other, negating the need for a tail rotor to counter torque. The arrangement has been proven for decades by the company throughout their extensive line of military and civilian helicopter models. The UAV is expected for the ISR role (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) and will carry applicable mission equipment as its payload. Kamov engineers have finalized vehicle's drawings with a mock-up already completed. A full-scale vehicle could be ready to make a first flight for 2015 with service entry possible shortly beyond that.

Other design features include a well-sloped fuselage section supported by a simple four-point landing skid arrangement - doing away with a more complicated, retractable setup. The fuselage will house all associated flight systems including avionics, payload, and fuel stores as well as the undisclosed powerplant. The empennage will be an integrated structure mounting the horizontal stabilizer with down-turned vertical tail fins.

The new Kamov endeavor will carry the designation of "Ka-175". Published measurements include a length of 6 meters, a height of 2.6 meters, and a width of 1.7 meters. Estimated performance numbers include a ferry range of 520 miles, a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour, and a service ceiling of 16,400 feet.

Kamov Ka-175 Specifications

Service Year: 2016
Status: In-Development
Type: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Helicopter
National Origin: Russia
Manufacturer(s): Kamov - Russia
Total Production: 1

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 0
Overall Length: 19.69 feet (6 meters)
Overall Width: 5.58 feet (1.70 meters)
Overall Height: 8.53 feet (2.60 meters)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: Unknown propulsion system driving 2 x three-bladed main rotors in contra-rotating arrangement.

Maximum Speed: 108 knots (124 mph; 200 kph)
Maximum Range: 454 nautical miles (522 miles; 840 km)
Service Ceiling: 16,404 feet (5,000 meters; 3.11 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload

None. Mission-specific equipment intended for the ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) role.

Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Russia (assumed)

Model Variants

Ka-175 - Base Series Designation

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