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Ka-52 HOKUM B / Alligator

The multi-role all-weather combat Ka-52 "Alligator" helicopter is a twin-seat derivative of the attack Ka-50. It is intended for a wide range of combat tasks in daytime and night conditions, in any time of the year with the use of all destruction means of the Ka-50. This is a commander helicopter of the army aviation aimed at increasing the efficiency of group combat helicopter operations.

Coaxial-type Ka-52 helicopter differs from its predecessor by a wider nose part and twin-seat crew cockpit where the pilot ejection seats are arranged side-by-side. Both pilots have full controls of the helicopter without any limitations. The pilot cockpit is armored. The helicopter can be used as a trainer. High flying qualities of the coaxial helicopter combined with unique manoeuvrability allow the helicopter to perform combat maneuvers within the minimum air area and the shortest time to gain an advantageous attack position.

Numerous weapons options for the helicopter are achieved by arranging a movable high-speed firing gun starboard of the helicopter, and by six available external wing stores with different combination of anti-tank missiles, rockets, "air-to-air" missiles, gun ammunition of a container type and bombs of various caliber. From the point of view of the weapons power the "Alligator" is comparable with the "Black Shark" helicopter and is superior to all existing combat helicopters.

The on-board multifunctional avionics suite ensures round-the-clock helicopter piloting, navigational and combat tasks in anytime of the year. The avionics suite is comprised of a multiplexed, multi-level digital computer-based system having large storage capacity and high speed. Observation, search and targeting systems comprising head-mounted display are used for round-the-clock and all-weather detection of specified targets and their attack using optical, TV, laser, IR and radar equipment.

Russias Defense Ministry is planning to buy 32 shipborne helicopters from Russian Helicopters Progress Arsenyev division, a Deputy Defense Minister said 09 October 2013 during a visit to the factory. These helicopters are to undergo final testing in 2014. If all goes well, we are ready to order them, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said during a visit to the producer in Russias Far East, without specifying the type in question. Progress Arsenyev will make 143 helicopters by 2020, the deputy minister added. The work ahead is difficult, since the order really is large. But we expect it to be fulfilled to the highest standards and to deadline, he said. Progress Arsenyev produces both Kamov Ka-52 military attack helicopters and Ka-62 light civil helicopters. The Russian armed forces have previously said they will deploy the Ka-52 on the new Mistral-class amphibious assault ships.

The first flights by Kamov Ka-52K attack helicopters for the Mistral class amphibious assault ships will take place in 2015, Alexander Mikheev, the head of Russian Helicopters company, told RIA Novosti 02 December 2014. "The helicopters of this type [Ka-52K] will be located on Mistral-class helicopter carriers, which France is obliged to deliver to Russia. The first helicopters are already constructed. The first trial flights of Ka-52K helicopters will take place in the beginning of 2015," Mikheev said.

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