Civil shipboard-maritime version of the Kamov Ka-32 developed in 1981.  The aircraft is fitted with radar, and electric load hoist, and added external fuel tanks.  Common uses of the aircraft include ice patrol, ship guidance through icefields, moving up to 360000 kg of load a day (with a payload capacity of 5000 kg), and SAR.  Known for its semi-automatic flight modes, the helicopter can operate in day or night.

The Ka-32S prototype first flew in 1983.  The series entered production in 1987.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Kamov Design Bureau

Primary manufacturer: Kamov

Parent type: Kamov Ka-32

Aircraft status: Operational


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Coaxial (x2)

Crew required: 1-3

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions with folded main rotor.

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 5.40 m 17.7 ft
Overall Length: 12.25 m 40.2 ft
Overall Width: 4.00 m 13.1 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 11.30 m 37.1 ft
Airframe Width: 3.80 m 12.5 ft
Airframe Height: 5.40 m 17.7 ft
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base: 3.02 m 9.9 ft
Landing Gear Track:  
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height: 1.24 m 4.1 ft
Cabin Internal Length: 4.52 m 14.8 ft
Cabin Internal Width: 1.30 m 4.3 ft

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 11,000 kg 24,251 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 11,000 kg 24,251 lb
Empty Weight: 6,610 kg 14,573 lb
Useful Load: 4,390 kg 9,678 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.601
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE: 3,500 m 11,483 ft
Max Level Flight Speed: 250 km/h 135 kts
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling: 5,000 m 16,404 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 800 km 432 nm
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 2
Designation: Motor Sich TV3-117VMA turbine
Manufacturer: Motor Sich
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 1640 kW 2198 hp
Intermediate: 1618 kW 2169 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency: 1765 kW 2366 hp
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate: 1618 kW 2169 hp

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

May be folded.

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 15.90 m 52.17 ft
Direction of Rotation: Counter-rotating
Hub Type: Coaxial
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry: Conventional
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 3
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 198.56 m² 2137.3 ft²
Disc Loading: 27.70 kg/m² 5.673 lb/ft²
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade:  
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades:  
Blade Construction: N/A
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area:  
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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