UEC Develops New VK-650V Engine for Multipurpose Helicopters
The United Engine Corporation (UEC) of Russia’s Rostec State Corporation demonstrated a new VK-650V gas turbine turboshaft engine which will be installed on Ka ‑226T, Ansat‑U and VRT-500 multipurpose helicopters.
Th new engine was demonstrated within the framework of the International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia-2020, which took place from September 15 to 17 at the Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow.
The takeoff power of this new power plant reaches 650 hp. sec., at the same time in other modes, it can produce from 400 to 750 liters. from. For the serial production of VK-650V, only Russian-made parts will be used. The new engine surpasses all existing analogues in its characteristics.
The start of the development of VK-650V in September 2019 was announced by Deputy General Director – General Designer of UEC Yuri Shmotin. The head developer was the St. Petersburg enterprise “UEC-Klimov”. As the deputy chief designer of the enterprise Karen Malev noted, by the end of the year the production of the demonstrator engine will be completed, and next year the company will release three prototypes for testing.
The designers tried to create a simple and reliable design with a minimum life cycle cost. Based on the solutions that are incorporated in this engine, a family of power plants with a capacity of 500 to 700 hp may appear. from.
In addition to the VK-650V model, which will be installed on the Ka-226T, Ansat‑U and VRT-500 light helicopters, UEC is creating the VK-1600 base engine designed for the medium multifunctional Ka-62.
“A new line of engines is being created at UEC: VK-650V in the 400 – 700 hp power class, as well as VK-1600V in the 1300 – 1700 hp power class. The power of the first engine will make it possible to use it in the Ka-226, Ansat and VRT-500 helicopters, the second is intended for the Ka-62 helicopter. These will be completely new, modern power plants, developed taking into account the requirements of the world market both in terms of technical characteristics and life cycle costs, ”said Vladimir Artyakov, First Deputy General Director of Rostec State Corporation in an interview . According to him, certification is planned for VK-650V in 2023. At the same time, it is planned to certify the VK-1600V.