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Kamov Working On Naval Alligator
AIN online ^ | June 19, 2013 | David Donald

Posted on 06/19/2013 11:16:48 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Kamov Working On Naval Alligator

Turning heads at Le Bourget whenever it takes to the skies is Kamov’s Ka-52 helicopter. Its co-axial rotor blades and comprehensive weapons suite mark it out from the herd and, amazingly for a helicopter, it even has ejection seats. With the Ka-52 now in Russian army service and being touted for export, the design bureau is busy working on a maritime version for the Russian navy.

Kamov has championed the co-axial layout for many years, arguing that it increases agility and performance (particularly vertical climb) while making the helicopter safer by removing any torque problems and, as a consequence, any need for a tailrotor.

Today’s Ka-52 is the latest iteration of a line of Kamov combat helicopters that reaches back to the single-seat Ka-50 that made an appearance at the Paris Air Show in 1993. The side-by-side seating of the Ka-52 promotes crew coordination, according to Kamov design bureau general designer Sergei Mikheyev, who also noted that the machine embodies features that have been born out of combat experience in Afghanistan and the Caucasus.

In its Russian army version, as shown here, the Ka-52 has a weapons suite including 9K120 Ataka and 9K121 Vikhr-1 missiles, the latter using laser beam-riding guidance. It has a 2A42 30mm cannon and the ability to carry S-8 80mm unguided rockets. It can also carry Igla-S air-to-air missiles as part of the Strelets system. The helicopter is well protected with the President-S self-defense suite.

For the Russian navy’s Ka-52K Kamov is working on new weapons capabilities that are more applicable to a life at sea. What kind of weapon suite the maritime version might carry is yet to be revealed, but “it will be different,” stated Mikheyev. The aircraft here is displayed alongside a number of MBDA’s weapons, such as the Marte anti-ship missile, Mistral air-to-air missile and PARS3 precision weapon. “We have accepted NATO standards as our own,” said Mikheyev. “We are very open to bring in foreign equipment or weapons.”

The Ka-52K is intended to serve from a variety of Russian navy vessels, but primarily the two Mistral-class amphibious assault vessels that Russia is buying from France. When asked about progress with the Ka-52K, Mikheyev responded with a wry smile, “It will fly as soon as the French deliver Mistral vessels. When Mistral comes to St. Petersburg, the helicopter will be ready!”

India has been identified as a good opportunity for the Ka-52, particularly as the helicopter is one of only a handful that can operate effectively at altitudes exceeding 4,000 meters. While India has recently selected the Boeing AH-64 over the Mil Mi-28 to fulfill a gunship requirement, Kamov maintains that there is potential for sales there. “Apache was lucky, because the Ka-52 did not take part in that tender,” joked Mikheyev, “but we continue to pay high attention to this area.”

Mikheyev reported a continued growth path for the Ka-52 design. “Things change, tactics change,” he commented, “and the Ka-52 will continue to change. We are looking ahead ten years and we have made space for future developments. This is what the art of designing means.” One area where the general designer sees big improvements coming is in major improvements and new ideas in helicopter defenses.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: aerospace; ka52; kamov; russia

1 posted on 06/19/2013 11:16:48 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The Kamov Ka-52 continues to wow crowds at the Paris Air Show.
2 posted on 06/19/2013 11:17:55 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

That is cool looking.


3 posted on 06/19/2013 11:22:21 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: sukhoi-30mki

How do you eject? Do the blades blow out?


4 posted on 06/19/2013 11:23:18 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Ejection seats?.........Into a overgrown Food Processor?......


5 posted on 06/19/2013 11:29:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: EEGator
Probably underneath...think B-52...
6 posted on 06/19/2013 11:31:19 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Red Badger

I was wondering if the bolts just blew out and centrifugal force sent them flying, or if the bolts blew and there was some type of firing mechanism.


7 posted on 06/19/2013 11:31:30 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Red Badger

IIRC They eject downward


8 posted on 06/19/2013 11:31:55 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

I didn’t even think of that. I guess you better not be close to the ground.


9 posted on 06/19/2013 11:32:21 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Nice craft. But can it take out a band of rebels loitering outside of Damascus?


10 posted on 06/19/2013 11:37:08 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: EEGator

Yeah, the blades are blown off followed by the canopy.


11 posted on 06/19/2013 11:39:59 AM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Slaving away so obama supporting deadbeats can play)
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To: EEGator
How do you eject? Do the blades blow out?

Yes.

12 posted on 06/19/2013 11:41:18 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: AppyPappy

Note to self: DO NOT PULL EJECT LEVER WHILE SITTING ON TARMAC.................


13 posted on 06/19/2013 11:45:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: EEGator
How do you eject? Do the blades blow out?
Considering that there are 2 sets, the pilot sure hopes so. Otherwise, a plummet in a cockpit seems much safer.
14 posted on 06/19/2013 11:45:21 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: 2CAVTrooper

Or vice-versa.........


15 posted on 06/19/2013 11:45:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: AppyPappy

Rotors and canopy get blown. Ejection is upward.


16 posted on 06/19/2013 11:46:14 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Red Badger

Vid game simulation of predecessor ejection system:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvKDYJAVfd0


17 posted on 06/19/2013 11:51:30 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Right
18 posted on 06/19/2013 11:51:45 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: All

Thanks for the replies everyone.


19 posted on 06/19/2013 12:06:25 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: gaijin

If the blades are blown off, that ship will drop like a rock.
If the pilots eject downward, isn’t there a danger that the ship will hit them?.........


20 posted on 06/19/2013 12:24:10 PM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Okay, that is one scary attack helicopter.
All it needs is a mast-mounted sight and it will be “perfect.”


21 posted on 06/19/2013 12:28:32 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it gettingthe so hot?)
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To: Red Badger

The person who stated knowledge that they eject downward did not now what he was talking about.


22 posted on 06/19/2013 12:31:53 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: EEGator

Pre-flight of the main rotor mast could be tricky.


23 posted on 06/19/2013 12:34:47 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Red Badger
Ejection seats?.........Into a overgrown Food Processor?......

bwahahahahahahah!

24 posted on 06/19/2013 1:16:00 PM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: gaijin

Well, up or down, both present problems..........


25 posted on 06/19/2013 1:30:21 PM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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