Russia’s upgraded Ka-52 gunship to enter state trials soon, will boost firepower
Russia’s upgraded Ka-52 gunship to enter state trials soon. As the gunship’s designers say, the Ka-52M missile armament has been standardized with the weapons suite of the Mi-28NM helicopter, learned citing TASS.
The upgraded Ka-52M ‘Alligator’ reconnaissance/assault helicopter will enter state trials soon, CEO of the Russian Helicopters Group (part of the state tech corporation Rostec) Andrei Boginsky told TASS on Thursday.
“Now two helicopter prototypes have been made, and their trials have already been completed. We are now presenting this helicopter to the Defense Ministry for joint state trials,” the chief executive said on the sidelines of the MAKS-2021 international air show.
The head of the Russian Helicopters Group earlier said that the upgraded helicopter could be featured at the Army-2021 International Military-Technical Forum.
The rotorcraft manufacturer launched the experimental design work on the upgrade of the Ka-52 helicopter by instruction of the defense chief in 2019, taking into account the experience of its combat employment.
As the gunship’s designers say, the Ka-52M missile armament has been standardized with the weapons suite of the Mi-28NM helicopter, another state-of-the-art attack chopper, which has helped increase the target destruction range considerably.
Russian Ka-52M ‘Alligator’ helicopter
The Ka-52M is also furnished with a new phased array radar station and longer-range missiles. The upgraded gunship prototype performed its debut flight on August 10, 2020. Delivery of mass-produced gunships to the troops is due to begin in 2022.
The Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ reconnaissance/attack helicopter is designated to destroy tanks, armored and non-armored vehicles, manpower, rotorcraft and other enemy aircraft on the frontline and in the tactical depth, in any weather conditions and at any time. The ‘Alligator’ is furnished with modern avionics and powerful armaments while its coaxial rotor system and enhanced longitudinal control enable it to effectively maneuver and perform complex aerobatic operations.
The MAKS-2021, one of the world’s top three air shows, is running in the suburban town of Zhukovsky outside Moscow on July 20-25.