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Alligator variant makes progress with contract in the offing

2nd September 2020 - 11:45 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Yerevan

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Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company (a Russian Helicopters subsidiary) conducted the maiden flight of the latest Ka-52M attack helicopter prototype last month, according to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The helicopter is an upgraded variant of the Ka-52 Alligator (pictured), which has been mass-produced since 2007.

R&D for Ka-52 modernisation began in 2019 and a contract for 114 Ka-52Ms is in the pipeline. 

Information in the public domain shows that the Ka-52M will be equipped with an upgraded EO sighting system with increased range of detection and target recognition, as well as a new digital drive to improve the accuracy of the automatic cannon.

The new-look Ka-52 will also receive a new AESA radar and an extended-range guided missile.

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A more powerful heating element for the rotor blades will allow the Ka-52M to operate in Arctic conditions. New landing gear wheels are designed for higher durability and load-bearing capacity. The modernised Ka-52 also has a new cockpit environment, which will ensure compliance with modern ergonomic requirements, including NVG for the pilot.

Shephard understands that the Ka-52M (like the Mi-28NM new-generation attack helicopter) will be armed with 9M123M Khrizantema-VM ATGMs with a firing range of 10km (longer than the 6-8km of the Ataka-V/VN ATGMs carried by the Mi-28N).

Earlier reports suggested that the helicopter would be armed with Hermes-A third-generation ATGMs with IR homing and fire-and-forget capability, but this missile has undergone a protacted development period and no further data is available..

Leonid Nersisyan

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  Leonid Nersisyan is a Shephard Media contributor, based in Yerevan, Armenia.

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