The Russian Helicopters Ka-226T is set to undergo testing in Iran, the manufacturer said, in partnership with Iran Helicopters Support and Renewal Co. This comes under the framework of a memorandum of understanding signed during HeliRussia 2017.
"Testing of the Ka-226T in the extreme climatic conditions of Iran will make the helicopter even more attractive for the potential operators not only in this country but also throughout the Middle East,” said Andrey Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters. “We can notice the great interest toward this helicopter in the region even now, and we hope that our cooperation with our partners from IHSRC will allow us to turn this interest into several contracts and agreements."
Tests are scheduled to run until the end of August. They will have the helicopter operating in temperatures of up to 122 deg or more. Then, come September, the two parties plan to hold a conference in Iran to promote the helicopter and discuss the test results. The Ka-226T has already arrived at the facility in Iran and test flights have begun.
The Ka-226T is a light utility helicopter with a coaxial twin-rotor system. It can carry up to six people. Russian Helicopter said the aircraft is eco-friendly, cost-effective and has advanced avionics.