Ka-50 Hokum/Black Shark (Werewolf)
Attack helicopter, a single-seat helicopter with Kamov's familiar contra-rotating rotors. Existence of the Ka-50 was denied as late as 1990; but recently every attempt has made to sell it to foreign customers, under the nasty name of "Werewolf" (it's sounds like a NATO given nickname, not confirmed by Russian sources). "Black Shark" is a Russian military nickname. The Ka-50 is a good performer, but it is thought that the single-seat layout imposes a very high workload on the pilot. Two 1660kW Isotov TV3-117VK. (first one: t/n 018)
modification for Ka-50 with nose redesigned for crew of 2, sitting
side-by-side; Found at Russian Aviation Page as a mockup seen at Moscow Aviation
and Kosmic Show 1995.
Independant Military Review No 28, 1997
01-Jul-1997 the first official flight of Ka-52
The Ka-52 «Alligator» was piloted by the test-pilot Alexander Smirnov and test-engineer Dmitry Titov. Ka-52 has 80% unified modules from Ka-50 «Black Shark». Max weight of 10.4t; two TVZ-117VMA turbojets of 2200hp each; max alt of 3600m; max speed of 300km/h; max range of 520km; termovision. Main goals: recco, target distributing, close combat support. 2t of combat load consists of 12 supersonic anti-tank missiles, 80 uncontrolled rockets, bombs, 23mm or 30mm guns, 2 AA missiles "Igla". Ejectable seats. Ka-52 (two seats) can be used as a trainer for Ka-50. The cockpit armor endure hits of 23mm bullets. All weather operation. Chief designer Sergey Mikheev.
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