NefteGazAeroCosmos Orders 18 Ka-226TGs
Russian Helicopters has received an order for 18 Ka-226TG light twins from NefteGazAeroCosmos, a gas “research and production center.” Six helicopters are scheduled for delivery next year, with the rest to follow in 2014. The Ka-226TG, a “modernized” version of the in-development Ka-226T, is designed to “meet the client’s needs for operations in the Far North and on the Arctic shelf.” It will feature a KBO-226TG avionics suite for low-visibility operations, and additional fuel tanks. It retains Turbomeca Arrius 2G1 turboshafts. Gazprom Avia, the Russian oil and gas giant’s flight department, plans to use the helicopters to monitor gas pipelines and other infrastructure. The helicopters will also be used for corporate passenger transport, repair work and cargo transportation.