The Russian Defense Ministry has ordered about a hundred prospective multi-purpose military transport helicopters Ka-60 "Killer Whale", according to Aviation Week reported quoting Director General of the holding company "Helicopters of Russia" Dmitry Petrov. Currently, "Kamov" assembles two prototypes helicopters, one of which will join the flight test program in 2012.
Development of Ka-60 began in the 1980s. By this time in the flight test program involved a prototype. In June 2010, another prototype crashed during a ferry flight from the factory, "Kamov" at the test site in Zhulebino. Currently, according to Petrov, "Kamov" has focused on the creation of the Ka-60, also produced in the civilian version — the Ka-62. As expected, the mass production of "Orcas" will begin in 2015.
Earlier, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Denis MANTUROV said that in the period from 2011 to 2013 "Kamov" will receive 12.2 billion rubles for the project Ka-60/62, as well as a new heavy transport helicopter Mi-38. According to the plans of holding "Helicopters of Russia", Ka-62 will be certified in 2015-2016, after which the machine will be supplied to customers.
The Ka-60 can reach speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour to fly a distance of 770 kilometers. The helicopter is designed to carry up to 14 paratroopers or cargo weighing up to 2.8 tons. The peculiarity of the Ka-60 is that it is the first single-rotor helicopter classical scheme, created by "Kamov". According to calculations by EDB, the application of such a scheme is justified because hovering Ka-60 will be only one percent of the total flight time.