Russia is testing an upgraded Ka-52M helicopter with a new type of cruise missile

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MOSCOW, (BM) – State tests of the upgraded Ka-52M combat helicopter with the new Product 305 cruise missile will be completed in October 2020. This was reported in the materials that are posted on the public procurement website, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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In the course of improvement, the Ka-52M will receive the long-range product missile “Product 305”, which was previously armed with the Mi-28NM attack helicopter.

It is reported that the new machine will receive a unit for interfacing with this missile, an aircraft launcher, and also a radio line for the use of products. The aircraft missile has already passed various tests in Syria as part of the armament of the Mi-28NM helicopter.

The transfer of the Ka-52M should take place before May 31, 2021. A new generation reconnaissance and attack helicopter is equipped with an electronic protection system and visibility reduction devices.

Pilots of a Ka-52 helicopter make nearly a thousand rocket launches in one night

As we reported last year in July the crews of army aviation of aviation units of the Southern Military District in Kuban, Stavropol and Rostov regions carried out training flights during night, according the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation statement.

During the training, the crews of Mi-28N, Ka-52, Mi-35 attack helicopters, as well as Mi-8AMTSH transport and attack helicopters practiced the search and elimination of ground targets of the mock enemy.

Since the beginning of the exercise, the crews of the aviation regiments have completed more than 1,500 launches of unguided missiles.

Also, helicopter pilots practiced flights with the use of instruments and visual orientations at night, both singly and in pairs.

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In total, about 50 crews of aviation units took part in the event, more than 30 pieces of aviation equipment were involved.

Russia is preparing to send a Ka-29 to the Arctic

In the Arctic, the squadrons of “sea hunters” are involved – modernized Ka-29 helicopters. The first to use these unique combat vehicles were the Pacific Fleet pilots from Kamchatka.

Starting this year, the Ka-29 is being prepared for operations in the Arctic: in 2021, helicopter pilots from the Northern Fleet will start working there. Machines will be used to supply military bases, transfer troops and patrol the polar region.

Ka-29, according to experts, are universal, they not only have powerful weapons, but can also take on board several tons of cargo.

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As sources in the military department told Izvestia, a fundamental decision on the use of the Ka-29 in the Arctic region has already been made. Until recently, Mi-8AMTSh helicopters (including a special “Arctic” version), Mi-26, and sometimes deck-based Ka-27s were mainly used here.

“Sea hunters”, who are to defend the Arctic, are part of the 317th mixed aviation regiment, based near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. In total, he is armed with two detachments of four vehicles each. Following Kamchatka, the first updated Ka-29s strengthened the aviation units of the Northern Fleet.

The upgraded aircraft became part of the 830th separate naval anti-submarine helicopter regiment, which is based near the city of Severomorsk on the Kola Peninsula.

The Ka-29 helicopter was mass-produced in the 1980s, but it is still not outdated, military expert Dmitry Boltenkov noted.

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“Kamovs can operate both from land and from the side of the ship,” he told Izvestia. “After modernization, the machine will be in demand for a long time, thanks to its firepower, carrying capacity and unique landing capabilities. In the Arctic, Ka-29s can patrol uninhabited Arctic territories, take part in anti-sabotage and rescue operations, and also engage in supplying remote northern garrisons and military bases.”

Now the Ka-29 crews are actively mastering the technology. In June, exercises were held in Kamchatka, in which Pacific fleet helicopters took part: pilots attacked coastal and surface targets of a conditional enemy.

In particular, they destroyed targets denoting fortified firing points, military equipment and personnel of the landing. Shooting was carried out by 80-mm unguided aircraft missiles and GS-23 aircraft guns. And most recently, North Sea pilots, in difficult meteorological conditions, worked out landing support and checked the navigational training of navigators when performing tasks in the Far North.

More about Ka-52 helicopter

The Ka-52 Russian multi-purpose all-weather double combat helicopter is designed to solve a wide range of combat missions day and night at any time of the year using all means of destruction.

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The Ka-52 (“Hokum B” by NATO classification, also known as the “Alligator”) is an army aviation commanding vehicle that carries out reconnaissance, target designation and coordination of a group of combat helicopters. The machine is capable of hitting armored and unarmored vehicles, manpower and air targets on the battlefield.

The Ka-52 Alligator represents a further development of the Ka-50 Black Shark model. When creating the helicopter, up to 85% of the Ka-50 units and assemblies were used, which not only simplifies the organization of its mass production, but also facilitates its development by flight units. The first test flight of the prototype Ka-52 took place on June 25, 1997.

Since October 2008, small-scale production of Alligators began at the Progress plant. Under the state defense order program, the Russian army will receive up to 30 Ka-52 helicopters by 2012. At present, the Russian Air Force is armed with 10 KA-52 Alligator helicopters.

The Ka-52 helicopter is made in accordance with the coaxial design. It differs from its predecessor, the Ka-50, by the extended nose of the fuselage and a double crew cabin, in which the ejection seats of pilots are located “side by side”. Both pilots can carry out helicopter piloting without restrictions. The cockpit is armored, provides crew members with automatic fire protection up to 23 mm caliber, as on the Ka-50.

A large number of weapons options is achieved by placing on the starboard side a rapid-firing mobile gun, as well as at six suspension points under the wing in various combinations of ATGM, NAR, air-to-air missiles, container-type small arms and cannons, and bombs of various calibers.

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In terms of combat power, the Alligator is not inferior to the Ka-50 and surpasses all other existing combat helicopters. The total mass of weapons on the underwing holders is 2000 kg.

Having retained the entire range of weapons for a single-seat helicopter (a movable cannon launcher with a 2A42 gun of 30 mm caliber and an ammunition load of 460 rounds, the Vikhr ATGM with a laser beam guidance system, 80 mm NAR units, bombs, cannon containers and other weapons with a total weight of up to 2000 kg) , the Ka-52 Alligator helicopter can additionally take on board guided air-to-air missiles of the R-73 and Igla-V melee, as well as uncontrolled air-to-ground missiles. In the future, it is planned to use air-to-surface guided missiles.

ATGM “Whirlwind”, developed by the Tula Instrument Design Bureau, have a starting weight of 42 kg and a tandem cumulative warhead, they can hit armored targets (tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, etc.) at ranges up to 8 km, while the thickness of the pierced armor reaches 950 mm.

R-73 missiles with an all-perspective passive thermal homing head developed at the Vympel ICB have a launch weight of 105 kg, a rod warhead weighing 7.4 kg and provide for the destruction of air targets maneuvering at altitudes from 20 m with overload up to 12g and speed up to 2500 km / h, at a range of 700 m to 11 km.

The Igla-V missiles, created in the Kolomna engineering design bureau on the basis of the Igla-1 portable anti-aircraft missile system of the ground forces, have an all-angle two-color homing thermal head.

The mass of the rocket is 10.7 kg, the warhead is 1.27 kg, the height of the targets being hit is from 10 to 3500 m, the speed is from 0 (helicopter in hovering) to 1440 km / h, overload up to 5-6g, launch range from 800 to 5200 m.

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An important factor facilitating the preparation of the Ka-52 for combat flight and replenishment of the ammunition in the field is the use of weapons widely used by the Air Force and Army Aviation: R-73 missiles are included in the armament of most front-line aircraft, the Whirlwind ATGM the Su-25TM (Su-39) attack aircraft is armed, and the 2A42 cannon is a standard weapon of infantry and assault vehicles BMP-2, BMP-3 and BMD-2. In the future, it is planned to equip the Ka-52 with new, even more effective weapons systems.

In addition to performing reconnaissance and combat functions, the Ka-52 helicopter is charged with solving another problem: it should become a kind of “flying desk” for single-seat Ka-50 pilots.

A completely duplicated control system in combination with the crew layout next to each other is the best suited for this.

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