General Information
Type Ka-15M
Function utility
Year 1956
Crew 2
Powerplant
Type G.A.Ivchenko AI-14V
Power at 0m 228hp
Size
Length (w/out rotor) 6.0m
Height 3.3m
Rotor diameter 9.96m
Rotor disc area 78m2
Weights and loads
Empty 968kg
Loaded 1400kg
Rotor disc load 18
Power load (kg/hp) 6.14
Speed
Maximum service 150km/h
Cruising 120km/h
Range
Practical 345km
Ceiling
Dynamic 3250m
Climb
1000m ?min
Payload
Fuel ?kg
Cargo (chemicals) 300kg 320l

Ka-15M, N.I.Kamov (NATO 'Hen')

Agricultural Ka-15M at work
10k photo, courtesy of Kamov Website

Success of military Ka-15 inspired N.I.Kamov to convert the machine for civil services. Changes in design were minimal, mostly in radio equipment and payload. First flight was performed by D.P.Efremov in 1956.

Following major civil configurations were produced:

Comparison was performed with Mi-1NKh. Despite Ka-15M carried 40% less payload, wider spraybar and more economical engine made it a winner. Ka-15M could replace 300 men on the ground on vineyards spraying! Despite more expensive than fixed-wing dusters, helicopters have serious advantage: air flow from the rotor guarantees even spraying of both leaf sides.

All components of Ka-15M agricultural gear were designed by Kamov OKB.

PredecessorsModifications

Ka-15
Ka-18
Ka-18
ReferencesLinks
  • "Russian aircraft since 1940" by Jean Alexander, p.147...149;
  • "Russian Civil and Military aircraft 1884~1969" by Heinz J.Nowarra and G.R.Duval, p.161;
  • Ka-15M helicopter
  • Ka-15 at Virtual Aircraft Museum
  • Kamov company: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Ka-15, Kamov 'Hen'
  • Kamov Ka-15 and Ka-18
  • Helicopter History Site
  • Ka-15M plastik kit

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