Russian helicopter engines will begin replacing Ukrainian imports.
OAO Klimov announced on 30 April that it will produce VK-2500 helicopter engines to replace those previously supplied by Ukraine’s Motor Sich. A Klimov representative said the design bureau will manufacture 300-320 annually, including 250 for the Russian military.
The announcement follows Ukraine’s late March ban on military exports to Russia following its seizure of Crimea.
FGUP Salyut and other Russian firms will produce VK-2500 compressor components.
The Klimov-designed VK-2500 turboshaft powers new Mi-28, Ka-52, and Mi-35 helicopters, and can replace engines on the Mi-17 and Ka-32. It is an improved version of Klimov’s TV3-117 with increased power, full authority digital engine control, and a longer service life. Approximately 90% of Russian helicopters carry Klimov engines.
Klimov aims for complete serial production of the VK-2500 by 2016. It will be assembled at a new facility in St. Petersburg opening this summer.
Russia laid the groundwork for a domestic production line several years ago. At that time, 500-600 engines per year was the goal. Even a smaller number, however, means Ukraine’s embargo may slow helicopter deliveries to Russian forces, but not disrupt them altogether.