Russian Helicopters has shipped three Ka-32A11BC helicopters configured to perform firefighting operations to Turkey.
Turkey’s KAAN Air inked a deal with the Russian firm for the three choppers in July 2018. The main field activity of KAAN Air is delivery and after-sales support of helicopters as well as providing a range of transportation services from air taxi and VIP transport to environmental monitoring and fire extinguishing.
The firefighting version of Ka-32A11BC is equipped with various fire extinguishing systems, including Bambi Bucket and Simplex type, as well as a horizontal firefighting system. The helicopter is capable of extinguishing flames in high rise buildings and on oil-and-gas industrial facilities.
The Ka-32A11BC multipurpose helicopter is designed to perform firefighting operations, special search-and-rescue and high altitude construction operations, to transport cargo inside the fuselage and on the external sling, to log forest, transport patients and evacuate injured persons. The chopper is EASA certified and meets FAR-29 and AP-29 standards.
The co-axial scheme and absence of the tail rotor ensure compactness, high power-to-weight ratio and manoeuvrability. Ka-32A11BC has a high load lifting capacity up to 5 tons of cargo on the external sling. The assigned service life of Ka-32A11BC is extended to 32,000 hours which guarantees lower operating costs.