Helicopter “Berkut-VL” – a double seat light Russian helicopter with a coaxial manufacturing scheme of the company LLC KB “Berkut”, Togliatti.
The Bercut-VL helicopter was first presented at the HeliRussia helicopter industry exhibition on May 19-21, 2011.
Officially, the premiere of the helicopter was held at the MAKS2011 International Space Aviation Salon (August 16-21, 2001).
After some transfers, the first flight was done in February 2013.
The estimated selling price of “Berkut-VL” for commercial use by operators with Lycoming O-320 engine, will be 130,000 US dollars.
The pilot model, which was intended for flight tests, is equipped with an improved automobile engine produced by VAZ, with a capacity of 147l.s.
Serial helicopters (Berkut-VL M) plan to supply the Lycoming American boxer piston engine with a power of 150 hp. This model will have two luggage compartments for the passenger’s hand luggage, instead of it, if necessary, you can install additional fuel tanks or other cargo. According to the statement of the CEO of the development company Arslanov Alil, made in February 2012, the development of documents for the variation with the American engine was completed by 60 percent. The helicopter has a non-retractable skid gear.
- Number of crew members: 1
- The greatest number of passengers: 1
- Fuselage Length: 5.1m
- Rotor Diameter: 6.75m
- Height: 2.83m
- The area swept by the main rotor?: 35,80sq.m
- Runner Width: 1.85m
- Empty weight: 480kg
- The highest take-off weight: 785kg
- Engine: 1x: VAZ
- Power: 147kw
- The highest speed: 174km / h
- Practical range: 380 / 600km
- Practical ceiling: 3600m
- Rate of climb: 5.8m / s