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Russian Helicopters Ka-52 "Alligator"

Attack Helicopter

Dedicated, On-Call Firepower.

The Kamov (Russian Russian Helicopters) Ka-52 "Alligator" attack helicopter is a a direct offshoot of the earlier Cold War-era Ka-50 "Black Shark" platform with the chief difference being its side-by-side, two-man crew arrangement. The product retains all the lethality of the original and bring with it modern solutions to ongoing battlefield requirements. Serial production began in 2008 with service entry had in 2010. Up to 146 examples are set to become a part of the Russian aircraft inventory.
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Mission Roles

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Co-Axial Main Rotors

A Kamov staple, the over-under main rotor arrangement eliminates the need for a traditional tail rotor unit to counteract the natural occurring effect of torque.

Shared Cockpit Burden

Beyond integrated automation, the primary pilot of the Ka-52 enjoys the presence of a co-pilot to share duties between the pair for enhanced situational awareness and increased survivability.

Over-Battlefield Versatility

Each wing member supports three hardpoints (up from the two featured in the Ka-50) which provides a total of six weapon stations for carrying rocket pods and Anti-Tank-Guided Missiles (ATGMs).

Automatic-Firing Solution

Buried in the lower starboard side of the forward fuselage is a 30mm Shipunov 2A42 automatic cannon with limited traversal. This feeds from a twin ammunition supply supporting AP, HE, and HE-FRAG rounds.


Active, In-Service (14 yrs)
Russian Helicopters - Russia / Kamov OKB - Soviet Union
146 Units
2 Total

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Egypt; Russia

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
Ka-52: 2 x Klimov VK-2500 OR VK-2500P turboshaft engines developing 2,500 horsepower to 2 x Three-bladed main rotor units over the fuselage.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
186 mph | 300 kph | 162 kts
Service Ceiling
18,045 ft | 5,500 m | 3.42 miles
Operational Range
684 miles | 1,100 km | 594 nm
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the Ka-52 production model)
52.49 feet (16.00 meters)
47.57 feet (14.50 meters)
16.24 feet (4.95 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the Ka-52 production model)
16,976 lb (7,700 kg)
23,810 lb (10,800 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the Ka-52 production model)
Standard armament includes 1 x 30mm 2A42-1 automatic cannon seated along starboard side of the forward fuselage. The weapon is given limited traverse from its mounting. Six underwing hardpoints are located at the mainplanes, three to a wing. These support standard Russian Anti-Tank Guided-Missiles (ATGMs), rocket pods of various count, and jettisonable fuel tanks. Supported Types:

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Ka-52 - Base Series Designation.
Ka-52K - Maritime/Navy attack model; modified for operations over-water and from ships; collapsible main rotor head; reinforced undercarriage; anti-rust coating; support for various in-service Russian maritime weapons.

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