Rostec subsidiary Russian Helicopters is set to begin the serial delivery of upgraded multirole Ka-27M helicopters for the Russian Naval Aviation.

The first aircraft scheduled for delivery has successfully completed a series of factory tests and assessments.

The modernised helicopters feature a new tactical command system that includes the latest acoustic and magnetometric systems, a radio reconnaissance device, an information computation solution and an active phased-array airborne radar station.

These modifications have provided the Ka-27M helicopters with all-around visibility and the capability to identify all types of navy vessels and submarines, in addition to an enhanced range of detection and destruction abilities.

In addition, the multipurpose aircraft are also integrated with new technologies that help transmit information to land and ship command posts, while upgrading their connection with other helicopters in the fleet.

Russian Helicopters sales deputy CEO Vladislav Savelyev said: “The modernised Ka-27M will let the Russian Naval Aviation complete combat missions in close-in maritime zone more efficiently.

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"The modernised Ka-27M helicopters possess much greater combat potential than their predecessors and will be able to fulfil a wide range of tasks for the navy."

“In 2016, we have shipped a preproduction batch to the Russian Ministry of Defense. The machines were highly assessed by the pilots based on the exploitation results.

“The modernised Ka-27M helicopters possess much greater combat potential than their predecessors and will be able to fulfil a wide range of tasks for the navy.”

Modification works on the helicopters are currently being carried out at Kumertau Aircraft Production Enterprise (KumAPP).

The Russian Defence Ministry awarded the initial contract to upgrade eight Ka-27PL aircraft to the Ka-27M standard in 2013.

The Ka-27 helicopters provide aerial reconnaissance at sea and anti-submarine protection for naval groups, as well as detection, tracing and destruction of submarines and ships. 

They are also able to carry out search-and-rescue operations for aerial vehicle and vessel crew members in distress.