Russian Helicopters chooses glass-cockpit avionics from RDC to upgrade Ka-52 and Ka-52K military attack helicopters

MOSCOW, 9 Sept. 2012. Russian Helicopters in Moscow needed digital navigation and piloting avionics for the company's Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter and its advanced ship-based version, the Ka-52K. They found their solution from avionics specialist Ramenskoye Design Co. (RDC) in Moscow.

RDC will provide helicopter avionics for the Ka-52 rotorcraft from 2013 to 2020 under terms of a long-term agreement with Russian Helicopters, part of state defense holding Oboronprom.

The companies have also signed a framework agreement on modernizing the piloting and navigation systems for the ship-based Ka-27, Ka-27PS and Ka-29.

RDC avionics engineers will design new digital navigation and piloting systems for these helicopters using a glass cockpit to replace analogue equipment with multifunctional liquid crystal displays (LCDs) that make piloting substantially easier and clearly convey information to pilots, Russian Helicopters officials say.

The new avionics will use an open architecture that will give Russian Helicopters the flexibility to add to and expand the functions of the helicopter’s radio-electronic instrumentation to carry out any task, officials say.

The systems for the Ka-27, Ka-27PS, Ka-29, Ka-28M and Ka-31M will be based on an updated version of the standardized cockpit instrumentation installed in the Ka-52 Alligator and the Ka-31 combat helicopters.

RDC designs visualization equipment, aircraft navigation sensors and systems, on-board computer, complex avionics, and automated ground-based software systems for Russian-built fixed-wing airplanes, helicopters, unmanned aircraft, spacecraft, ships, and land vehicles. The company supports Russian brands including Sukhoi, MiG, Tupolev, Ilyushin, Yakovlev, Antonov, Beriev, Mil, and Kamov.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which is a part of Russian Technologies State Corp., and comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, and service branch.

For more information contact Russian Helicopters online at, or Ramenskoye Design Co. at

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