Friday, 24 June 2016 08:08
Kamov design bureau (a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters holding) started the preliminary trials of Ka-52K Kaiman (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) marinized attack-reconnaissance helicopter last year, according to the company`s 2015 annual report.
Russian Navy’s new Ka-52K Hokum B Naval Attack Helicopter during its first test flight
“In 2015, Kamov was implementing the contract awarded by Russia`s Ministry of Defense (MoD) for the development of Ka-52 shipborne attack-reconnaissance helicopter (under Ka-52K designation). The company started the preliminary trials of Ka-52K”, the report said.
According to the official data provided by the Russian Helicopters holding, Ka-52 has a service ceiling of 5,500 m, a maximum climb capability of 16 m/s, a maximum speed of 300 km/h, a cruise speed of 260 km/h and an operational range of 460 km. The rotor-wing aircraft is armed with 30 mm 2A42-1 automatic cannon, 9M120 Ataka (AT-9 Spiral-2) or 9K121M Vikhr-1 (AT-16 Scallion) anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), Igla-V air-to-air (AA) missiles and S-8 unguided rockets. Ka-52 is powered by two Klimov VK-2500/VK-2500P turboshaft engines (2200 h.p. each). The rotor-wing aircraft is equipped with K-37-800M ejection system.
Ka-52K marinized combat helicopter is supposed to be able to fire Kh-31 (AS-17 Krypton) and Kh-35 (AS-20 Kayak) anti-ship missiles (ASM).
The first test flight of the new Ka-52K took place on March 7 2015 at the Progress Aresenyev Aviation Company ‘Nikolai Sazykin’ plant, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. The helicopter features a dark gray camouflage. The inscription on the tail means it belong to the Russian Navy Naval Aviation.
The helicopter features four hardpoints under its wings. Similar to the land forces version, the Ka-52K is fitted with a GOES-451 optronic sensor under the nose and a 2A42 30-mm automatic cannon.
The navalised version of the Alligator features a folding rotor head and folding stub-wings.
Intended originally to be deployed from the two Mistral class LHDs built in France, it is not clear what the Russian Navy will do with the two amphibious vessels now delivered to Egypt. Russian Ministry of Defence officials declared last year that the Russian Navy has a need for Naval Attack helicopters and will use the Ka-52K regardless of the Russian Mistrals fate. It won’t be possible for the Russian Navy to operate them from the future Ivan Gren-class landing ship (Project 11711). The Ka-52K will have to be shore based or deployed from Russian Navy’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov.
From what I read the Russian will soon have local built LHD the Lavina (“Avalanche”) assault helicopter carrier dock-ship.
Ka-52 Alligator: Details