Russia's Baltic Fleet will declare its upgraded Kamov Ka-27M ('Helix') anti-submarine helicopters operational later this year.
The fleet's 396th Separate Naval Anti-Submarine Helicopter Squadron, based at Donskoye air base in the Kaliningrad enclave, received its first Ka-27Ms in 2018 and has since been in the process of converting from its legacy PL variants.
According to a Russian Ministry of Defence spokesman quoted by Izvestia on 2 January, "[The] first modernised anti-submarine Ka-27M helicopters will go into service with the Baltic Fleet this year." The first crews for the upgraded helicopters have already been trained at the Training Centre of the Naval Aviation in Yeysk, he added.
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