The Kamov Design Bureau was founded in 1948, when it specialised in developing helicopters for use in the naval fleet. The bureau was headed by Nikolai Kamov, a talented designer and engineer and one of the founders of the Russian school of helicopter manufacturing. Coaxial rotors became the bureau's trademark, as they provided high manoeuvrability and excellent handling in compact dimensions.
Today Kamov Design Bureau specialises in designing rotorcraft and creating and testing prototypes. It possesses unique experience in developing both military and commercial coaxial helicopters.
Among the bureau's most significant achievements in designing naval rotorcraft include the Ka-27, which have has been produced in a large number of modifications. Kamov’s unique experience in designing navy helicopters has allowed the bureau to excel in its development of commercial rotorcraft. The Ka-27PS was the basis for the modern multi-role Ka-32A11BC, which is employed in fire-fighting, medevac and search-and-rescue operations, as well as high-precision construction projects.
One of the key models in its commercial segment is the multirole Ka-266T, which meets the very latest demands in environmental safety and fuel efficiency.
At present, Kamov Design Bureau is developing the medium commercial multirole Ka-62, in close cooperation with European companies.
The bureau also designs coaxial military helicopters: the Ka-50 Black Shark was the first model in the series and acted as a platform for the new Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter, now being supplied to the Russian Air Force. Today the Ka-52 Alligator is being developed in a new naval modification – the ship-based Ka-52K.
Over its 75-year history, Kamov Design Bureau has established a school of research unparalleled in its innovation, one which boasts the scientific and technical capacity to build top-class helicopters of any aerodynamic design. The bureau is only developer of coaxial helicopters in the world today.