MAKS 2015: Russia’s new Ka-35 AEW helicopter enters service

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Russia’s latest Kamov Ka-35 airborne early warning (AEW) helicopter has entered service with the Russian Navy, an industry source told IHS Jane’s at the MAKS-2015 air show.

The new Ka-35 is both designed as a replacement for the Russian Navy’s ageing Ka-31 ‘Helix’ AEW helicopters and to have a wider capability set than the older platform. “This is a relatively old machine” the source stated of the Ka-31, adding: “It was created in its time for fulfilling, in particular, such missions as protecting Project 1143 vessels [Kiev-class aircraft carriers], and it did the job well.”

The new AEW helicopter has built on the legacy of the older aircraft, the source stated.

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