(25 Aug 2021) Russian Helicopters has signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense for an undisclosed number of Ka-52M attack helicopters.
The first Ka-52M is scheduled to be delivered in 2022, after joint tests have been completed.
“The Ka-52 is one of the best attack helicopters in the world, but even the best aircraft needs timely modernization, which will expand its combat capabilities,” said Andrey Boginsky, Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company. With the updated version, our designers drew on the experience of Alligator’s operation, including in real combat situations. Therefore, everything in the modernized attack helicopter is aimed at improving combat effectiveness in all weather conditions. Under an agreement with the Russian Ministry of Defense, preparations for serial production have already begun at the AAC ”Progress” facility in the Primorye.”
The new Ka-52M has a modern avionics system, much more powerful computers and dramatically improved performance, especially at night and in low visibility.
The helicopter has not only installed and tested advanced missile weapons, but has also been adapted to work in conjunction with UAVs. The data obtained from the drones will help the crew to increase situational awareness on the battlefield and help significantly improve intelligence gathering at a greater distance.
To increase the helicopter’s efficiency, intensive work is underway to install a radar station with an active phased antenna array (APAR). The combat radius has been increased and the helicopter is now equipped with an upgraded BLC (On-Board Load Control System).