Russian KA-32A11BC Efficient in Skyscraper Firefighting

Russian KA-32A11BC Efficient in Skyscraper Firefighting
09.03.2011 / Hong Kong

Hong Kong/9 March 2011 – The Russian all-weather coaxial Ka-32A11BC helicopter equipped with a horizontal firefighting system is an efficient tool in combating fires on top floors of high rise buildings and skyscrapers, including the densely populated regions of the world’s largest cities. The helicopter can be used in fighting fires that ground apparatus cannot reach or has difficulty in reaching.

You are welcome to find out more about this helicopter and its firefighting capabilities at Asian Aerospace 2011, opened yesterday in Hong Kong. Please visit booth number 5F21 of Russian Helicopters, a part of UIC Oboronprom.

When working in the midst of fire in heavy turbulence, the coaxial rotors of the Ka-32A11BC have a number of advantages in stabilising the rotorcraft and offering it additional maneuverability. This allows the helicopter accurate firefighting while hovering as close as possible to the source of fire.

The number of various specialised equipment options for the Ка-32А11ВС numbers over 40. It includes the Bambi-Bucket and Simplex systems of various capacity, water cannons for horizontal firefighting, foldable rescue cabins of various capacity, and other equipment. The helicopter is also used in external cargo transportation and complex high-altitude construction.

According to Russian Helicopters experts, helicopters equipped with horizontal firefighting systems are in high demand in today’s world. The existing Russian-made system installed on the Ka-32A11BC is in use by the Russian EMERCOM and has proved its efficiency. Russian Helicopters engineers are continuing their efforts to further improve such systems to raise the efficiency of the firefighting version of the helicopter.

The Russian multi-role Ka-32A11BC has achieved certification in various countries of America, Asia, and Europe. Ka-32 helicopters of various modifications are currently operated in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, and a number of other countries. In South Korea the fleet of Ka-32s exceeds 60 – these helicopters are top firefighters in the Forestry Service and score high in the Coast Guard.

The Ка-32А11ВС was designed by the Kamov design bureau, a part of the Russian Helicopters industry holding. Mass production is based at Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise. Over 140 have been built and are currently operated in over 30 countries worldwide.


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Russian Helicopters, JSC is the subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. It controls the following helicopter industry enterprises: Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Kamov, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, Kazan Helicopters, Rostvertol, Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company named after N.I. Sazykin, Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, Stupino Machine Production Plant, Reductor-PM, Novosibirsk Aircraft Repairing Plant and Helicopter Service Company.

Partners of Russian Helicopters: AirTaxi Service (interior completions and maintenance); R.E.T. Kronshtadt (aviation training systems, navigation and avionics); Tranzas (software, navigation systems, aviation simulators); CSTS Dinamika (technical training means for aviation flight and engineering personnel); BETA AIR (testing equipment and aviation electronics); Ural Works of Civil Aviation (repair of helicopter engines and components and reductors).

UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. A part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters managing company), engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).

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