Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Arms Warships & Submarines Military Pay Chart (2023) Military Ranks

Aviation / Aerospace

Kamov Ka-32 (Helix)

Multirole Coaxial Utility Helicopter [ 1990 ]

The Kamov Ka-32 is a civilian-minded form of the military-centric Ka-27 Helix coaxial helicopter originating in the Soviet Union.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/07/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The Ka-32 is the civilian market version of the military-minded Ka-27 ("Helix") multirole helicopter series produced by Kamov of Russia (formerly the Soviet Union). The type retains the key qualities of the original include its coaxial main rotor installation which sees one main rotor set atop the other, cancelling out naturally occurring torque and negating the use of a tail rotor component in the design. Like the versatile Ka-27 in service with the Russian Navy and others, the Ka-32 has a slew of variants all its own to cover various civilian market roles and requirements.

Externally the aircraft carries on much of the design lines of of the original Ka-27. It seats its piloting crew in the familiar side-by-side arrangement, has sliding doors for cabin access, and fixed, four-point wheeled undercarriage. The main rotors sit atop the stout fuselage and a twin-rudder-fin tail unit is featured along a shortened tail stem. Klimov turboshaft engines power the line and this pairing is used to drive the twin three-bladed main rotors in contra-rotating fashion.

Variants in the line include the initial Ka-32A production model for civil transport. The Ka-31A1 was developed into a fire-fighting platform complete with bucket. The Ka-32A2 is a law enforcement model that carries a pair of searchlights as well as a speaker system. The Ka-32A4 has been evolved along the lines of Search and Rescue (SAR) and MEDEVAC (MEDical EVACuation). The Ka-32A7 is an armed version of the Ka-27PS production model while the Ka-31A11BC is an export-minded variant powered by 2 x Klimov TV3-117MA engines and features a digital glass cockpit. Similarly, the Ka-32A12 is a foreign type. The Ka-32M is a proposed modernized variant featuring the TV3-117VMA-SB3 engine and the Ka-32S (?Helix-C?) an overwater / maritime performer for the SAR role but also features a sonar unit at the nose.

The Ka-32T (also "Helix-C") is a utility model that can carry up to sixteen passengers. The Ka-32K is a specially-modified flying crane model with gondola operating station.

A modernized Ka-32, designation the Ka-32A11M, is set to debut at MAKS 2021. This version will feature an all-new glass cockpit, updated avionics, and uprated Klimov VK-2500PS-02 turboshaft engines while sporting a new fire suppression system.©MilitaryFactory.com
Note: The above text is EXCLUSIVE to the site www.MilitaryFactory.com. It is the product of many hours of research and work made possible with the help of contributors, veterans, insiders, and topic specialists. If you happen upon this text anywhere else on the internet or in print, please let us know at MilitaryFactory AT gmail DOT com so that we may take appropriate action against the offender / offending site and continue to protect this original work.

May 2021 - Work is proceeding on the modernized Ka-32 to be designated Ka-32A11M. An example is scheduled to appear at MAKS in July 2021.

February 2022 - The Portuguese Air Force has integrated the Ka-32 into its active fleet.



Service Year

Soviet Union / Russia national flag graphic
Soviet Union / Russia

In Active Service.


Kamov Helicopters - Soviet Union / Russia
(View other Aviaton-Related Manufacturers)
National flag of Azerbaijan National flag of Canada National flag of modern Germany National flag of Myanmar National flag of Portugal National flag of Russia National flag of South Korea National flag of the Soviet Union National flag of Switzerland National flag of Taiwan Azerbaijan; Canada; Germany; Myanmar; Papua New Guinea; Portugal; Russia; South Korea; Soviet Union; Switzerland; Taiwan
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Special-Mission: MEDical EVACuation (MEDEVAC)
Extraction of wounded combat or civilian elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and available internal volume or external carrying capability.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Commercial Aviation
Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.
VIP Service
Used in the Very-Important-Person (VIP) passenger transport role, typically with above-average amenities and luxuries as standard.

Series has a tactical capability to take-off and / or land vertically, a quality commonly associated with helicopters.
Houses, or can house (through specialized variants), radar equipment for searching, tracking, and engagement of enemy elements.
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
Dual main rotors arranged in co-axial mounting, negating traditional torque-neutralizing tail rotor unit.
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
Beyond a pilot, the aircraft takes advantage of additional crew specialized in specific functions aboard the aircraft.
Features partially- or wholly-enclosed crew workspaces.
Design incorporates feature(s) that facilitates loading / unloading of cargo / personnel from the aircraft.

37.1 ft
(11.30 m)
52.2 ft
(15.90 m)
18.0 ft
(5.50 m)
Empty Wgt
14,573 lb
(6,610 kg)
24,251 lb
(11,000 kg)
Wgt Diff
+9,678 lb
(+4,390 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Kamov Ka-32A production variant)
Installed: 2 x Klimov TV3-117MA turboshaft engines developing 2,200 horsepower each driving a coaxial 2 x Three-bladed main rotor arrangement.
Max Speed
162 mph
(260 kph | 140 kts)
19,685 ft
(6,000 m | 4 mi)
705 mi
(1,135 km | 2,102 nm)

♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
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-32A production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Internal space for up to 16 passengers or equivalent in cargo.

Supported Types

(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Ka-32 - Base Series Designation.
Ka-32A - Initial production model.
Ka-32A1 - Fire-fighting variant with water bucket.
Ka-32A2 - Law enforcement model; twin searchlight and loudspeaker fitted.
Ka-32A4 - Search and Rescue (SAR) / MEDEVAC variant.
Ka-32A7 - Armed variant based in the Ka-27PS.
Ka-32A11M - Modernized Ka-32; model of 2021.
Ka-32A11BC - European, Chinese, and Canadian airspace market export model; TV3-117MA turboshaft engines; digital glass cockpit.
Ka-32A12 - Switzerland airspace variant.
Ka-32C - Customized variant.
Ka-32M - Proposed model with TV3-117VMA-SB3 turboshaft engines.
Ka-32-10 - Project.
Ka-32S (Helix-C) - Maritime utility model; radar fitted to nose section.
Ka-32T (Helix-C) - Utility transport variant; seating for 16 passengers.
Ka-32K - Flying crane modification for special missions; operator pilot in gondola section.

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
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
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 Ukranian-Russian War
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
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft

Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective aerial campaigns / operations / aviation periods.


Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2023 Military Pay Chart Military Ranks DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content; site is 100% curated by humans.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, WDMMA.org (World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft), WDMMW.org (World Directory of Modern Military Warships), SR71blackbird.org, detailing the history of the world's most iconic spyplane, and MilitaryRibbons.info, cataloguing military medals and ribbons.

View day-by-day actions of the American Civil War with CivilWarTimeline.net. View day-by-day actions of World War II with SecondWorldWarHistory.com.

©2023 www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-2023 (20yrs)