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Kamov Ka-18 (Hog)

Maritime Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)

Soviet Union | 1957

"In all, over 100 examples of the Kamov Ka-18 light utility helicopter were produced for the Soviet Union during the Cold War - these serving primarily with its Navy branch."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Kamov Ka-18 (Hog) Maritime Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).
1 x Ivchenko AI-14VF 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine developing 280 horsepower and driving 2 x three-bladed coaxial main rotors.
93 mph
150 kph | 81 kts
Max Speed
10,663 ft
3,250 m | 2 miles
Service Ceiling
103 miles
165 km | 89 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Kamov Ka-18 (Hog) Maritime Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).
23.1 ft
7.05 m
O/A Length
32.6 ft
(9.95 m)
O/A Width
11.0 ft
(3.35 m)
O/A Height
2,337 lb
(1,060 kg)
Empty Weight
3,263 lb
(1,480 kg)
Notable series variants as part of the Kamov Ka-18 (Hog) family line.
Ka-18 (Hog) - Base Series Designation.

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The Kamov Ka-18 (Hog), developed from the preceding Ka-15 design, was a light-utility helicopter serving Soviet Naval Aviation during the Cold War period. The type went airborne for the first time in 1955 and managed an operational existence throughout the thick of the Cold War period until 1973 by which point the series was given up for good. About 120 of the systems were built in all and these only ever served the Soviet Union.

The Ka-15 served as the proven starting point for the newer Ka-18, resulting in an airframe that was longer while carrying a more powerful engine, this being the Ivchenko AI-14VF 9-cylinder, air-cooled radial piston engine outputting 280 horsepower. The rotor was of typical Kamov arrangement, a co-axial configuration seating one twin-bladed unit over the other, negating the need for a tail rotor to counter inherent torque effects. The rotor diameter measured 32.7 feet while the airframe itself was 23 feet long and 11 feet high.

The fuselage had an ungainly, bulbous appearance with the crew and passengers seating in 2x2 formation. The powerplant was housed in the back of the aircraft driving the overhead main rotor pair. The tail unit was a tapering assembly capped by a twin-finned horizontal plane. For ground-running, a four-point, fixed, wheeled undercarriage was fitted - this being a quality carried over from the preceding Ka-15.

Performance-wise, this light-class, four-seat helicopter was able to reach speeds of 93 miles-per-hour, cruise at 75 mph, and reach out to a range of 103 miles. Service ceiling was 10,660 feet.

By the time of the early 1970s, there were more versatile, economical alternatives to the Ka-18, hence it was retired from front-line service.

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Total Production: 120 Units

Contractor(s): Kamov - Soviet Union
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