UEC Develops New VK-650V Engine for Multipurpose Helicopters

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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.

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