China is interested in buying Russian Ka-52K helicopters
BEIJING, ($1=6.44 Chinese Yuans) – The Russian news agency Avipro claims that Beijing has a serious interest in buying Russian Ka-52K helicopters, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. According to the publication, Chinese representatives of the Ministry of Defense visited the Progress plant in Primorye. Russian sources claim that Beijing will be able to order at least 36 helicopters of this model.
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So far, there is no information on what features and improvements the Chinese will choose if they place an order and whether there will be any at all.
At the end of last year, Russia conducted state tests of the modernized Ka-52M combat helicopter with the new Product 305 cruise missile. The new cruise missile has a long-range. As early as last year, Russia announced that the Ka-52 would receive several upgrades, such as an upgraded fire control system and a new communications system. According to unconfirmed information, the new helicopter has a system for reducing visibility among enemy radars and an electronic protection system.
China’s interest in the Russian Ka-52 is not uncommon, especially since Moscow began replacing the obsolete Mi-28NM attack helicopter with the upgraded Ka-52.
Product 305 missiles?
The Product 305 was originally designed to equip special versions of Mi-8 helicopters [Mi-8MNP-2 and others] of the Russian Air Force. The light multi-role guided missiles consider as one of the main types of guided weapons of modernized Mi-28NM and Ka-52M helicopters of the Russian Air Force.
The missile is launching from helicopters from APU-305 launchers, designed for one or two missiles. The missile guidance system is combined and has inertial-satellite guidance. A homing thermal imaging head uses to aim at the captured target. The missile is accompanied by a radio channel and at the end of the aiming area, it is possible to be re-aimed by the helicopter crew. The standard model of the application is the launch on a visually visible target.
It is alleged that the new missile was used from Mi-28H and Ka-52 helicopters in hostilities in Syria. There is an export version of a light multi-role guided missile is under index 305E. The missile weighs 105 kg, length 945 mm, body diameter 200 mm. The mass of high-explosive warheads is 25 kg. The solid propellant engine provides flight speed up to 250 m / sec, the declared controlled firing range up to 14500 m, flight altitude from 100 to 600 m.
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