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KA-52 Alligator

Statistics:
Total number (AF & Navy): ~ 58 
Competitor
AH-64 Apache (~698)  Compare
Used in:
2006: all ordered for GRU. +1 2007. 2009: planned 25 till 2012. +4 2011.

ANSAT | UH-1N Iroquois, AF/ARMY/USMC
28 28 321 321
Ka-226 | UH-1N Iroquois, AF/ARMY/USMC
29 29 321 321
KA-27/29/32 Helix* Naval helicopter | UH-60 Black Hawk, ARMY
92 92 1345 1345
KA-52 Alligator | AH-64 Apache, ARMY
58 58 698 698
MI-24/35 Hind | AH-1W Super Cobra, USMC
252 252 167 167
MI-26 Halo | CH-47 Chinook, ARMY
47 47 394 394
MI-28 Havoc | AH-64 Apache, ARMY
68 68 698 698
MI-8 Hip | UH-1N Iroquois, AF/ARMY/USMC
327 327 321 321
* where available



Table 2. MOD Commands and Deployments

BASELOCATIONCMDD/F
  344 TsBPiPLS APAA Torzhok 4 GTsPAPiPVI AF

# 62632-D. 344 combat trg center AAF. 2000: 1452 pers., 48 combat hel, 51 support hel, 14 tpt hel. 18.04.2006: media coneferce, "open day" for guests. 05.2006 visited by AF CINC. 02.2008 received two Mi-28N. 04.2008 Mi-28N flight trials. Planned staff 2009: 16 Mi-24, 8 Mi-26, 12 Mi-8, 8 Ka-50. 2012: + about 12 Mi-28 (yellow board numbers)

  575 AFB AA Chernigovka 3 komand VVS i PVO EAST

# 13984. 575th AirForce Base of Army Aviation. ex 319th det hel rgt. Mi-24, Mi-8. 05.2011 delivered 4 Ka-52. 26.08.2011 hard landing of Mi-24, one crew member died. 2011: delivered 12 Ka-52, 8 Mi-8AMTSh, 2 Mi-26T2

  573 AFB AA Khabarovsk 3 komand VVS i PVO EAST

# 42838. ex 265 AFB. Mi-24, Mi-8, Mi-26. 07.2012 flight exercises.

  393 AFB AA Korenovsk 4 komand VVS i PVO SOUTH

# 35666. 393 Sevastopol Airbase of Army Air Force. Address: 353180, Krasnodar distr, Korenovsk. ex 6974th airbase, ex #31413, ex 55 sep comb hel rgt. 2000: 638 pers., 39 Mi-24, 15 Mi-8. 2007: Mi-28N ? 2009 plan: transfer to 6972 аб. 2010: reformed to 6974th AFB, later to 393rd AFB AAF. 07.2011 tactical flight exercises. 10.2011 visited by Russian President Medvedev. 2011-2012 airfield modernization. 2012: Mi-24, 12 Mi-28 (red painted board numbers: 01-12), Mi-8 (AMTSh). 08.2012 delivered first 2 Mi-35M. Awaiting delivery of 10 Ka-52. 09.2012 Kavkaz-2012 drills. 2012: total - 5000 flight/h incl 1000 night f/h; spended 4500 armaments, 4000 tonns of fuel.

  15 BR AA Ostrov 1 komand VVS i PVO WEST

# 44440. 15 Brigade of Army Air Force. ex 7052 AFB, ex 5501 ac reserve base, Mi-28, Mi-8, Mi-26, Mi-24


Dimesions: 14,5props/16,0
Maximum speed (km/h): 400
Alt.: 3600/5500
Weight (kg): 10800
Engine: 2 TVD, TV3-117B, 2 x 1'638 kwt
Range (km): 520
Firing range, m 8'000
Armament: 12 ATGM Vikhr, 4 AA Igla-B
80 80mm +10 122mm ung. missiles
30mm DP, 460 rounds
Crew: 2


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The Ka-52, designated Alligator, multi-role all-weather combat helicopter, is intended for this purpose as a two-seat modification of the Ka-50 combat helicopter. Pilots accommodated side-by-side in one cockpit can fly this helicopter and handle all on-board systems. The Alligator retained all combat capabilities of its predecessor, including the whole array of weaponry. It is outfitted with a multifunctional on-board integrated electronic flight, navigation and weapon control system. Its passive/active observation/search and sighting systems ensure target search and their attack day/night in any weather conditions. The Sextant Avionic of France and Thomson company take part in creation of this helicopter. The Ka-52 Alligator is 85 percent identical to the Ka-50 base helicopter in terms of its airframe and main systems. Pilots escape via an ejection system. The Ka-52 Alligator can also be used as a trainer. Pilot accommodation and the availability of new multifunctional equipment system led to an increase in the weight of the empty helicopter and a certain deterioration in flight performance, compared to the Ka-50. However, it did not affect the integrated quality of this flying machine as a whole.
Externally, the Ka-52 combat helicopter differs from its predecessor in the front part of the fuselage, shape of the cockpit and arrangement of round-the-clock observation/search and sighting systems. Pilots are rigged with pressurized helmets fitted with built-in displays to provide for required flight and sighting data. The Ka-50 and Ka-52 helicopters feature interchangeability, thereby reducing costs for series production and joint operation in combat units.
Naturally, Alligator is more expensive than Black Shark. However, this is attributable to payments for the capability to perform combat missions on higher and more efficient levels. The advent of Ka-52 does not mean its automatic substitution by the Ka-50. They can be used more effectively in the interests of the ground forces, owing to their optimal joint employment in groupings. A similar approach is also adopted by the U.S. army aviation. The more costly and sophisticated AN-64D and AN-64D LongBoy helicopter versions do not replace, but instead reinforce the AN-64A Apache helicopter groupings, thereby increasing their efficiency.
In the near future the Ka-52 will be subjected to tests. The Kamov company and its foreign partners are convinced of the successful results of the tests that will enable the Ka-52 helicopter to occupy a leading position in its class. It is up to foreign buyers to decide whether to choose the Ka-50 or the Ka-52 or a hybrid to meet their requirements.

 


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