Development of the Russian light multipurpose helicopter, the Ka-26 (NATO designation: 'Hoodlum'), began in 1962.  The removable cabin is capable of carrying either six passengers or 2 stretchers and 3 seats; when removed, a cargo platform or sling can be fitted.  Maximum internal and slung loads are 700 kg and 1000 kg, respectively.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Kamov Design Bureau

Primary manufacturer: Kamov

Parent type: Kamov Ka-26

Aircraft status: Operational


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Coaxial (x2)

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Single seater

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 4.05 m 13.3 ft
Overall Length: 13.00 m 42.7 ft
Overall Width: 13.00 m 42.7 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 7.75 m 25.4 ft
Airframe Width: 3.22 m 10.6 ft
Airframe Height: 4.05 m 13.3 ft
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track:  
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height: 1.40 m 4.6 ft
Cabin Internal Length: 1.84 m 6.0 ft
Cabin Internal Width: 1.30 m 4.3 ft

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Cruise Speed: 140 km/h

Max Gross Weight (ground): 3,250 kg 7,165 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 3,250 kg 7,165 lb
Empty Weight:  
Useful Load:  
Empty Weight Fraction:  
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE: 2,700 m 8,858 ft
Hover Ceiling OGE: 640 m 2,100 ft
Max Level Flight Speed: 170 km/h 92 kts
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling: 3,100 m 10,171 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 510 km 275 nm
Max Endurance: 5 hrs 5 hrs

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

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

Number of engines: 2
Designation: Vedeneyev M-14V26 reciprocating
Manufacturer: Vedeneyev
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 242 kW 325 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 13.00 m 42.65 ft
Direction of Rotation: Counter-rotating
Hub Type:
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: Composite
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry: Conventional
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 3
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 132.73 m² 1428.8 ft²
Disc Loading: 12.24 kg/m² 2.508 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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