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Kamov Ka-25 (Hormone)


Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Helicopter (1966)


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Some 25 total variants of the base Kamov Ka-25 appeared throughout the systems production life.



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The Kamov Ka-25 (NATO codename of "Hormone") was developed from the Ka-20, which itself was a response to a Soviet Navy requirement for a ship-borne helicopter to replace the aging Mil Mi-4 platforms. The Ka-25 became a mainstay on Soviet surface warships throughout the Cold War and played a major role in anti-submarine warfare for decades. The aircraft has since been replaced in service by the more capable Ka-32 series - another Kamov design.

The Kamov Ka-25 is a highly-recognizable helicopter for many reasons. Most notably are the twin main rotors, coaxially mounted and negating the need for a tail rotor. The elimination of the tail rotor, commonly found on traditional helicopters, means that the Ka-25 can be built to a shorter-in-length specification - a priceless attribute when considering onboard storage for a navy warship. Additionally, the stout fuselage design and tri-fin tail section are clear indicators of a Kamov design. This basic appearance is carried on in the Ka-27, Ka-28, Ka-29, Ka-31 and the Ka-32.

Crew accommodations amount to a pilot and copilot seated at front, side-by-side. if properly equipped, the cabin can provide seating for up to 12 passengers. Traditionally, the system is designed for naval operations in the way of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and search and rescue (SAR) operations, meaning cabin space is utilized for specialized equipment. Armament can vary depending on the mission but traditionally, the Ka-25 is set up to take on two air-to-surface torpedoes and/or conventional and nuclear depth charges.

No fewer than 450 Ka-25's were produced and delivered to the Soviet Union and Ukraine along with India and Syria. The type has slowly been removed from frontline service in the Russian Navy though it may continue in some quantity with other navies. The Ka-25BSh represents the dedicated ASW variant and the Ka-25PS represents the dedicated SAR variant of the Hormone brand.

Specifications



Service Year
1966

Origin
Soviet Union national flag graphic
Soviet Union

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
2

Production
460
UNITS


Kamov - Soviet Union
National flag of India National flag of Russia National flag of the Soviet Union National flag of Syria National flag of Ukraine India; Russia; Soviet Union; Syria; Ukraine
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Special-Mission: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy underwater elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and weapons.
Special-Mission: Anti-Ship
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy surface elements through visual acquisition, radar support, and onboard weaponry.
Maritime / Navy
Land-based or shipborne capability for operating over-water in various maritime-related roles while supported by allied naval surface elements.


Length
32.0 ft
(9.75 m)
Height
17.6 ft
(5.37 m)
Empty Wgt
10,505 lb
(4,765 kg)
MTOW
16,535 lb
(7,500 kg)
Wgt Diff
+6,030 lb
(+2,735 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Kamov Ka-25PL (Hormone) production variant)
Installed: 2 x Glushenkov GTD-3F turboshaft engines developing 900 horsepower and driving 2 x three-bladed co-axial main rotors.
Max Speed
130 mph
(209 kph | 113 kts)
Ceiling
10,997 ft
(3,352 m | 2 mi)
Range
249 mi
(400 km | 741 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Kamov Ka-25PL (Hormone) production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
Depends on mission type (SAR or ASW). Mission-Specific ordnance held in an internal weapons bay or external box. May include:

2 x air-to-surface torpedoes.
Nuclear Depth Charges.
Conventional Depth Charges.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an air-launched nuclear weapon
Graphical image of an aircraft aerial torpedo
Graphical image of a naval depth charge


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 2


Ka-20 - Initial Model Development and basis for Ka-25 design.
Ka-25 - Production Model Designation
Ka-25PL "Hormone-A"
Ka-25T "Hormone-B" - Target Acquisition and Missile Guidance Variant.
Ka-25PS "Hormone-C" - Dedicated Search and Rescue (SAR) Variant; passenger ready.
Ka-25BSh - Primary Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Model.
Ka-25BShZ - Mine Sweeper Tow


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