Russian Military Department and` `Russian Helicopters & # 39; & # 39; signed a contract for further development work on the creation of the 'navy' Ka-52K helicopter version, said the general manager of the holding Andrey Boginsky . At present, the unification of the sea and land versions of the Ka-52K helicopter for the Russian Navy is underway. It is also planned to carry out tests in conjunction with the carrier vessel. The creation of the new helicopter is expected to be completed by 2023.
Previously, it had been reported that the delivery of the Ka-52K was included in the weapons program until 2027. Currently, four prototypes of Ka-52K helicopters have been built under the program. design of a naval version of the helicopter. In 2014, the Ministry of Defense had already signed a contract for the supply of 32 Ka-52K series helicopters, of which the first 12 were to be manufactured in 2015. Then the machines were intended to arm large-type amphibious helicopter carriers. Mistral. France refused to supply us with these ships, and they left for Egypt. They also bought helicopters from the Ministry of Defense there.
Cars manufactured under the new contract will differ significantly. They received significant improvements, mainly & mdash; in weapon systems.
In August 2019, Andrei Boginsky said the ground portion of the testing of the four new Ka-52K prototypes had been completed and negotiations were underway with the Defense Ministry to conclude a continuation contract, but the work was hampered by the lack of carriers of these helicopters. It was decided to put these helicopters into service and start serial production only after the helicopter has been tested in sea conditions, preferably – & mdash; on the platform on which he will perform combat missions.
Their carriers were the Project 23900 Universal Amphibious Assault Ships, which are being built at Kerch. In 2020, at the Zaliv shipyard in Kerch, two Universal Amphibious Assault Ships (UDC) of this project were landed & nbsp; Zelenodolsk Study Office: Ivan Rogov and Mitrofan Moskalenko. Perhaps in this regard, the Defense Ministry continued to fund the Katrana creation project. & Nbsp;
The first flight of the experienced Ka-52K took place in the spring of 2015, and for 6 years it has been refined by the manufacturer, taking into account the import substitution program and the emergence of new technologies. The combat vehicle is positioned as an on-board combat reconnaissance and attack helicopter, it is a version of the combat attack and reconnaissance helicopter Ka -52. The ship version was made with a column of folding blades: they fold up along the hull of the helicopter, which allows it to be placed in ship hangars, with limited surface area. It is an all-weather combat vehicle capable of operating at any time of the day, designed to perform the fire support tasks of the landing troops during the landing on the coast, as well as to participate in the defense anti-amphibians in the front line and in the tactical depth of the battle. The vehicle has a modern multifunctional on-board electronic system that allows different types of recognition.
Maneuver and shoot
The maximum speed of the Ka-52K is 350 km/h and it can travel 460 km in a single refueling. The coaxial design of this helicopter provides great maneuverability and allows it to move sideways at speeds of up to 80 km/h and back up at speeds of up to 90 km/h. Reverse movement change takes place in seconds. The helicopter has a two-seater cockpit and can be flown by any pilot, which can aid in combat when one of the pilots is injured and cannot control the helicopter .
The KA-52K weapons complex is designed to suit all tastes. The helicopter is armed with a 30mm cannon, unguided missiles, and guided air-to-ground weapons. and air-to-air. To expand combat capabilities, taking into account the new tactical role, the ability to carry free-falling aerial bombs is provided. In addition, for the first time in domestic and global practice, an attack helicopter was able to use the Kh-31 and Kh-35 anti-ship missiles.
In 2021, there were reports of the completion of tests of the modified “ Whirlwind '' anti-tank missiles. for the Ka-52 helicopter. The helicopter can also be equipped with the Hermes missile system. with a firing range of up to 100 km, thanks to which its firepower is greatly increased, it has in fact obtained the capabilities of an attack aircraft. This promising helicopter weaponry can be used in multi-rocket mode against multiple spaced targets. It can also be synchronized with a laser designator to hit targets with high precision ammunition.