China Starts Buying Firefighting Ka-32A11BC Rotorcraft

China Starts Buying Firefighting Ka-32A11BC Rotorcraft
25.10.2011 / Ordos

Ordos, PRC/24 October 2011 – Russian Helicopters holding company, a part of United Industrial Corporation Oboronprom, and the Chief Administration for the social security of Ordos City (China, Inner Mongolia) have signed a contract for the delivery of a civil all-weather multi-role coaxial Ka-32A11BC helicopter in its firefighting variant. The helicopter is equipped with the Simplex firefighting system, horizontal water cannon, and VSU-5 water-dumping system.

Russian Helicopters won the tender for a firefighting helicopter in August 2011. The delivery to the Chief Administration for the social security of Ordos City is planned for September 2012.


A combination of outstanding operational characteristics inherent in the design of the Ka-32A11BC makes it a solid performer in firefighting, this fact being confirmed by efficient operations experience in Russian EMERCOM divisions, as well as rescue services in Spain, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, and South Korea.

The Ka-32A11BC is easy to control and very precise in its movements due to its coaxial rotors. No tail rotor and a tail boom shortened to rotor diameter helps to manoeuvre near obstacles and achieve extreme hover accuracy even when working in the zone of fire and in unstable atmosphere. High power capacity allows for the transportation of up to 5 tons of water.

The helicopter can work for prolonged periods in high smoke and dust congestion. The Ka-32A11BC can fight fires on oil-loading tankers and containers, facilities of fuel, chemical, and oil refinery enterprises, in oil and gas rigging areas, and top floors and roofs of high-rise buildings. The helicopter can also be used to create shelter belts in forest fires.

A wide range of additional specialised equipment is available for the firefighting Ka-32A11BC: a horizontal water cannon, hang-on water tanks (Bambi Bucket, Simplex firefighting systems), water-dumping systems such as VSU-5.

The Russian Ka-32A11BC is certified in China; it has received airworthiness certificates in the world’s largest regions – in America, Asia, and Europe. Today Ka-32 helicopters of various modifications are successfully operated in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, and other countries. In South Korea the fleet of Ka-32s exceeds 60 – these helicopters are top scorers in firefighting with the Forestry Service, and in the Coast Guard.

One Ka-32A11BC is currently operated in China. It performs various missions for the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration.


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Ka-32A11BC – a multi-role coaxial helicopter designed by Kamov design bureau, a part of Russian Helicopters. The Ka-32A11BC is intended for the transportation of passengers and cargo in the transport cabin, as well as large loads externally, and also construction and setup operations, logging, search and rescue, emergency and medical evacuation, patrolling and integrity, special service support, pilot training, and other missions. The helicopter is successfully operated in dense city environments, inaccessible mountain and forest areas. It can land on low-displacement ship decks, offshore rigs, and unprepared difficult spots. It can be operated by a single pilot, while the remaining cockpit space may be used for additional functional equipment. Mass production of the Ka-32A11BC is based at Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise. Over 140 have been built, they are operated in over 30 countries worldwide.

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 and Helicopter Service Company.

Partners of Russian Helicopters: AirTaxi Service (interior completions and maintenance); 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, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).
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