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Joint stock company
Industry Aerospace
Founded 1929
Founder Nikolai Il'yich Kamov
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Products Military aircraft
Website kamov.ru

Kamov is a Russian rotorcraft manufacturing company, founded by Nikolai Ilyich Kamov, who started building his first rotary-winged aircraft in 1929, together with N. K. Skrzhinskii. Up to the 1940s, they created many autogyros, including the TsAGI A-7-3, the only armed autogyro to see (limited) combat action.

The Kamov Design Bureau (design office prefix Ka) has more recently specialised in compact helicopters with coaxial rotors, suitable for naval service and high-speed operations.

Kamov merged with Mil and Rostvertol to form Oboronprom Corp. in 2006. The Kamov brand name was retained, though the new company dropped overlapping product lines.


KaSkr-I Gyrocraft 1929
25 September 1929, the first Soviet autogyro, designed by Kamov and Skrzhinskii. Based on Cierva models named The Red Engineer.
KaSkr-II Gyrocraft 1930
Re-engined KASKR-I with a Gnome-Rhone Titan engine.
TsAGI A-7 1934
An autogyro primarily used for observation duties.
Ka-8 Irkutyanin 1947
single seat helicopter
Ka-10 1950
Single-seat observation helicopter. NATO reporting name Hat.
small single-seat helicopter
multi-purpose nine-seat helicopter
light multipurpose helicopter
Ka-15 1952
Two-seat utility helicopter. Nato reporting name Hen.
Ka-18 1955
A Ka-15 with a large fuselage and a 280 hp Ivchenko AI-14VF engine. Could carry 4 passengers. 200 units built (approximately). NATO reporting name Hog.
Ka-20 1958
Twin-engine antisubmarine helicopter prototype. NATO reporting name Harp.
Ka-22 Vintokryl 1959
Experimental rotor-winged transport aircraft. NATO reporting name Hoop.
Ka-25 1961
Naval helicopter. NATO reporting name Hormone.
Ka-26 1965
Light utility helicopter. NATO reporting name Hoodlum.
Ka-27 1974
Anti-submarine helicopter. NATO reporting name Helix.
export version of Ka-27 Helix
assault transport version of the Ka-27 Helix
airborne early warning helicopter
civilian version of the Ka-27 Helix
heavy rotary-wing aircraft
heavy jet-powered rotary-wing aircraft
Ka-37 1993
An unmanned coaxial helicopter developed with Daewoo of South Korea initially designed for agricultural tasks. Performances are a max weight of 250 kg ( 50 payload ), speed of 110 km/h, and a flight duration about 45 minutes.
Ka-40 1990s?
anti-submarine helicopter (Replacement for the Ka-27. In development)
Ka-50 "Black Shark" 1982
Single-seat attack helicopter. NATO reporting name Hokum.
Ka-52 "Alligator" 1997
two seat attack helicopter and widely used model
Ka-118 1980s-1990s
A NOTAR development - light multirole helicopter
Ka-126 1980s
Light utility helicopter. NATO reporting name Hoodlum-B.
light utility helicopter (one prototype only)
Ka-60 Kasatka 1990s
Transport/utility helicopter
Ka-62 1990s
civilian transport and utility helicopter
Ka-64 Sky Horse 1990s
naval transport and utility helicopter
High-speed helicopter project.
passenger helicopter
Ka-137 1990s
Unmanned drone/unmanned multipurpose helicopter
Ka-115 Moskvichka 1990s
light multi-purpose helicopter
Ka-226 "Sergei" 1990s
small, twin-engined utility helicopter
V-50 1960s
A high-speed assault helicopter project with tandem rotors. Cancelled.
V-60 1980s
A light scout and escort helicopter
V-80 1970s
A series of design studies for an attack helicopter (culminating in the Ka-50)
V-100 1980s
Twin-rotor combat helicopter project

Other design consultancy work

In the 1990s Kamov drew up an attack helicopter design for the Chinese government under a secret contract which was later revealed. This preliminary design was used as the basis of the CAIC Z-10.[1][2][3]

See also


  1. Majumdar, Dave (7 Mar 2013). "HELI-EXPO: Chinese WZ-10 attack helicopter based on Kamov design". Flight Global. Retrieved 3 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Russian Roots Revealed In China's Z-10". Aviation Week. 7 Mar 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Ingersoll, Geoffrey (8 Mar 2013). "China's Cutting-Edge Attack Helicopter Is Actually A Russian Design". Business Insider. Retrieved 3 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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