Kamov Ka-52 Aligator
SCALE & KIT
The Kamov Ka-50 “Black Shark” (Russian: Чёрная акула, romanized: Chornaya Akula, ‘kitefin shark’, NATO reporting name: Hokum A) is a single-seat Russian attack helicopter with the distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau. It was designed in the 1980s and adopted for service in the Russian army in 1995. It is manufactured by the Progress company in Arsenyev. It is used as a heavily armed scout helicopter. It is the world’s first operational helicopter with a rescue ejection system.
During the late 1990s, Kamov and Israel Aerospace Industries developed a tandem-seat cockpit version, the Kamov Ka-50-2 “Erdogan” (Russian: Эрдоган, Turkish: Erdoğan), to compete in Turkey’s attack helicopter competition. Kamov also designed another two-seat variant, the Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator” (Russian: Аллигатор, NATO reporting name: Hokum B).
Ka-52 “061”, Zhukovski, 2009
In the early 1980s, while comparative tests of the V-80 (Ka-50 prototype) and the Mi-28 were being conducted, the Kamov design team came up with a proposal to develop a dedicated helicopter to conduct battlefield reconnaissance, provide target designation, support and co-ordinate group attack helicopter operations. However, the economic hardships that hit the nation in the late 1980s hampered this new development program. This prompted Kamov’s Designer General to choose a modified version of Ka-50 on which to install the reconnaissance and target designation system. The modified “Black Shark” required a second crew member to operate the optronics/radar reconnaissance suite. Kamov decided to use side-by-side seating arrangement, due to the verified improvements in co-operation between the crew members. This twin-seat version was designated Ka-52.
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