Russian Helicopters Developing New Shipborne Chopper to Replace Ka-27

© Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov / Go to the mediabankAnti-submarine helicopter Ka-27 hovering over the Guards' missile cruiser Varyag
Anti-submarine helicopter Ka-27 hovering over the Guards' missile cruiser Varyag - Sputnik International
The Russian Helicopters manufacturer is devising a new shipborne helicopter for the Russian Navy to replace the Ka-27 Helix anti-submarine aircraft, Deputy CEO for Production and Innovations Andrey Shibitov said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The holding is actively working to modernize the Ka-27s in service with the Navy, the deputy CEO said.

"We have advocated repeatedly with the Defense Ministry to renew considering a plan to create a next generation machine for the Navy. And I am glad that we have been heard and that the Defense Ministry came to the conclusion that a new vehicle is needed," Shibitov told reporters.

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Tested in the 1970s and in service since the 1980s, the Ka-27 is capable of detecting underwater and surface targets, disclosing their whereabouts to ship and shore points or attacking them with airborne weapons.

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec corporation, is a global leader in the field of helicopter manufacture and the only developer and manufacturer of helicopters in Russia.

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