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Kamov Ka-226 Sergei (Hoodlum)

Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)

Kamov Ka-226 Sergei (Hoodlum)

Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)


Kamov has brought along its iconic coaxial main rotor arrangement into a light utility platform as the module-minded Kamov Ka-226 series.
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ORIGIN: Russia
YEAR: 2002
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Kamov / Russian Helicopters - Russia
OPERATORS: India; Russia

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Kamov Ka-226T model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 26.57 feet (8.1 meters)
WIDTH: 42.65 feet (13 meters)
HEIGHT: 13.62 feet (4.15 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 16,535 pounds (7,500 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Turbomeca Arrius 2G1 turboshaft engines developing 450 horsepower each while driving 2 x Three-bladed main rotors in co-axial arrangement.
SPEED (MAX): 127 miles-per-hour (205 kilometers-per-hour; 111 knots)
RANGE: 373 miles (600 kilometers; 324 nautical miles)
CEILING: 20,341 feet (6,200 meters; 3.85 miles)


Series Model Variants
• Ka-226 "Sergei" - Base Series Designation
• Ka-226A - Standard utility variant
• Ka-226AG - Specially variant for oil industry operations.
• Ka-226T - Fitted with Turbomeca Arrius 2G1 turboshaft engines developing 670 shp each; improved hot-and-high performance; upgraded avionics kit and radar suite.
• Ka-226TG - Special variant for oil industry operations


Detailing the development and operational history of the Kamov Ka-226 Sergei (Hoodlum) Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).  Entry last updated on 4/20/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
Long-time helicopter-maker Kamov of Russia produces the all-modern Ka-226 co-axial rotor light-utility helicopter that has since seen formal adoption by the militaries of Russia and India. The platform utilizes the Kamov signature co-axial main rotor arrangement, in which one multi-bladed main rotor is set atop another, which negates use of an anti-torque tail rotor unit. The rotors themselves carry an advanced blade design critical to efficiency and effectiveness. Under 100 units of this versatile helicopter have been completed to date (2018) with foreign market interest slowly growing.

The Ka-226 can trace its lineage to the earlier single-engined Ka-126 (17 built) of 1989 which, itself, was born from the much-earlier Cold War-era Ka-26 (816 built) of 1969. Work on the Ka-226 was begun around 1990 and intended to satisfy a Russian government need for a multi-role humanitarian relief platform.

On the whole, the Ka-226 shares a conventional design arrangement which sees the cockpit overlooking a short nose section, a centralized engine and passenger cabin, and a tail unit at the rear. The forward section of the aircraft relies on oversized panes for excellent vision out-of-the-cockpit. The flight crew enter/exit through hinged automobile-style doors along the forward fuselage sides. Aft of the cockpit (which sports side-by-side seating for the two pilots) is the multi-faceted cabin area.

Unlike other similar light utility-minded helicopter types, Kamov engineers have fashioned a truly multi-role platform with their Ka-226 design for the entire cabin section is a module that can be readily replaced for different mission roles. This versatility allows the helicopter to undertake sorties ranging from general equipment/passenger transport, VIP service, and security to MEDEVAC, fire-fighting, and emergency relief.

The undercarriage is a four-legged, all-wheeled arrangement for ground-running and remains fixed during flight (i.e. non-retractable). The tail unit uses a twin-boom structure that runs aft to which point vertical planes are affixed at the ends of a single horizontal plane. The raised nature of the tail ensures that there is unfettered access to the rear of the fuselage for unloading cargo, patient litters and the like. The lack of a tail rotor also means that ground personnel are in no danger of running into spinning tail rotor blades. The engines sit atop the cabin in the traditional way and drive the two three-bladed main rotors from a single mast/axis in true Kamov fashion (this feature is also seen in the Kamov Ka-50 "Black Shark" attack helicopter series - detailed elsewhere on this site).

The base market form is outfitted with 2 x Rolls-Royce 250C series turboshaft engines.

Beyond the crew of two, up to seven passengers can be carried if the helicopter is equipped with the appropriate fuselage module. Dimensions of the craft include a length of 25.6 feet, a diameter (main rotor included) of 42.7 feet, and a height of 13.6 feet. Performance specs include a maximum speed of 155 mph, a cruising speed of 137mph, a range out to 375 mile, and a service ceiling reaching 20,300 feet. The Ka-226 can hover up to an altitude of 15,100 feet.

The Ka-226 first went to the skies in prototype form on September 4th, 1997 and gained Russian market certifications in late-2003.

The base production model is designated simply as Ka-226. The Ka-226AG is a variant specifically requested by Russian industrial giant GAZPROM for high-low service across the spectrum of its oil/gas industry. The Ka-226T model carries French-made Turbomeca "Arrius" 2G1 engines of 670 horsepower (each) instead of the original Rolls-Royce fits which provides for greater high-altitude/high-temperature performance. In addition to the engine change there is an all-new avionics set and radar installation and the airframe is readily adaptable to the Search And Rescue (SAR) and MEDical EVACuation (MEDEVAC) roles. The GAZPROM variant of the Ka-226T becomes the Ka-226TG.

Both the Russian and Indian governments utilize the Ka-226 series. For the former, it is in the Air Force service branch as well as the Federal Security Service. For the latter, it has been ordered for service in the Army and Air Force branches (see program updates below).

Program Updates
October 2016 - The nations of India and Russia, both Ka-226 operators, have entered into a joint agreement to locally produce a stock of 200 Kamov Ka-226 (Ka-226T model) helicopters locally in India, under license. The helicopter will be used by Indian military services including the Air Force. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd will handle manufacture and will be partnered with Russian Helicopters / Rosoboronexport.

April 2018 - The Ka-226T to be assembled in India under the Indo-Russian Helicopters label was approved in its final configuration by the host country. Some 200 T-models will be built in India over the span of nine years per the initial agreement.


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Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (127mph).

Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
Graph showcases the Kamov Ka-226T's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production (69)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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

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Supported Roles
Ground Attack
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
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
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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)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
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