The Ka-27 is the next logical development from the Ka-25, the Ka-27 was restricted by the previous helicopters' size and spaces onboard current Soviet vessels, but by careful design was able to maximise cargo capacity and range. The use of coaxial rotors removes the need for a tail boom and rotor and drastically reduces the footprint on board vessels. The primary role of the Ka-27 was naval operations, mainly hunter-killer ops and/or SAR, several variants were fitted with a long range folding radar under the belly to increase the fleet's over-the-horizon range. Other variants of the same airframe are the Ka-28 (Export), Ka-29 (military transport), Ka-31 (maritime reconnaissance) and the Ka-32 (civil transport). With the fall of the Belin wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of these can now be found in private Western operators' fleets, the stability of the twin rotor design being especially useful for rescue and tight-space working in the oil and electricity industries.
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