Russian Helicopters has displayed the latest version of the KA-52 attack helicopter at the Army 2019 defense expo at Kubinka, in the Moscow region.
A derivative of the Kamov KA50 helicopter that used a tandem cockpit, KA-52 This version is based on the KA50, KA-52K is in service with the Russian Army and a navalized version, KA-52K is operated by the Egyptian Navy.
This version has foldable rotors and wings to fit the confined storage space aboard the ships. The Russian Helicopters company is currently developing the next generation combat rotorcraft to be introduced in 2024. This new platform is expected to be significantly faster, compared to current rotorcrafts.
The helicopter carries the President-S countermeasures suite including laser detectors and UV missile launch sensors, infrared jammers mounted in two rotatable turrets and UV-26 chaff-flare dispenser pods carried in pods mounted one each of the wing tips. Armaments include the chin-mounted 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon with 460 rounds, the stub wings are configured four hardpoints each. Three are under the wing, mounting up to 12 missiles such as VIKHR or ATAKA, Igla S used as an air-launched anti-aircraft missile, rocket pods (80mm) and 500 liters (130 Gal) fuel tanks.
|Specs||KA-52K Ship Based|
|KA-52 Land Based|
|Max TOW (kg.)||12,200||10,800|
|Max Payload (kg.)||2,000||2,000|
|Flight range (km.)||450||460|
|Service Ceiling (m.)||5,200||5,500|
|Maximum Speed (km/h.)||290||300|
|Cruising Speed (km/h.)||250||260|
|Engines (Hp)||2x Klimov VK-2500 Turboshaft engines – each 2,400 shp||2x Klimov VK-2500 Turboshaft engines – each 2,500 shp|
|Information based on manufacturers’ data presented in public.|