IDEX 2017

Light attack from Ukraine [IDEX17D4]

21 February 2017

Ukrainian company Ukrinmash is showing a model of the KB Vertical KT-112UD light armed helicopter as part of its display at IDEX (Stand 12-C25). The aircraft is a development of the Aviaimpex KT-112 Yanhol (angel) three-seater that was powered by two Rotax 912 piston engines. The armed KT-112UD has two uprated Rotax 914s, each developing 115hp.

In its armed form, the KT-112UD is intended for use against both ground and air targets. The aircraft has a gyrostabilised sensor turret for targeting and a laser designation capability for missile guidance. For the anti-armour role, the KT-112UD can carry four launch tubes on the lower sides of the fuselage for the Barrier-V laser-guided anti-tank missile, developed by Kyiv-based Luch design bureau.

Carried higher up on the cabin sides are additional pylons for the carriage of six Strela-2 or Igla air-to-air missiles, giving the KT-112UD a potent anti-helicopter or anti-UAV capability. A 7.62mm machine gun can be scabbed on to the cabin side between the missile outriggers.

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