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First flight: Ka-52M Alligator helicopter tested in Russia

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Upgraded Ka-52M "Alligator" made its first flight

The modernized military helicopter Ka-52 "Alligator" made its first flight, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade reported. The new machine is equipped with an improved optical-electronic system, a new digital drive and a radar system. Before modernization, the helicopter was tested in Syria, where its shortcomings were identified.

The Russian Helicopters company, part of the Rostec state corporation, flew for the first time a prototype of the latest modernized military Ka-52 Alligator helicopter, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said. As the ministry stressed, all the best technical solutions will be applied to this aircraft. tested on helicopters produced both within the framework of the state defense order and for export, the department specified.

The new Ka-52M is equipped with an upgraded optoelectronic system with increased target detection and recognition range.

In addition, the helicopter is equipped with a new digital drive, which improves the aiming accuracy when firing a cannon. In addition, the modernized equipment received a new radar complex with an active phased antenna array, as well as a guided missile with an increased range.

The updated helicopter can be used at any temperature, in particular in arctic conditions. The chassis of the equipment is equipped with wheels with a higher bearing capacity and wear resistance, as well as lighting equipment based on LEDs. The helicopter's cockpit interior was also changed.

"The large-scale reconstruction and technical re-equipment of production within the framework of the federal target program made it possible to significantly expand the technological capabilities of AAK Progress and start producing more advanced and reliable military equipment - modernized Ka-52 helicopters in the interests of the Russian Armed Forces," stated the head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov.

Russian Helicopters general director Andrei Boginsky said that the company has begun development work to modernize the Ka-52, taking into account the experience of its combat use on behalf of the country's defense minister last year.

"The missile armament of the Ka-52M is unified with the armament of another newest helicopter, the Mi-28NM, which has made it possible to significantly increase the target engagement range," Boginsky said.

Flight tests of the Ka-52M will be carried out by the developer's specialists (NCV Mil and Kamov JSC) together with the specialists of Progress AAK. Some stages will take place on the territory of the manufacturer, after which the machines will be handed over to the developer. When the preliminary acceptance tests are over, the state joint tests will begin.

The Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and attack helicopter has been produced since 2010.
They are being built at the Progress plant in Arsenyev, Primorsky Territory. The equipment is intended for reconnaissance, destruction of tanks and military equipment, as well as other helicopters and aircraft.

As the experience of the combat use of a helicopter in Syria has shown, a combat vehicle needs more powerful and modern weapons, additional protection for the crew, as well as new sighting and navigation equipment.

In mid-June of this year, the Mil and Kamov National Center for Helicopter Engineering posted information on the manufacture and testing of two Ka-52Ms on the government procurement portal. According to Interfax, the tests will end in 2022. It is reported that the Alligator will be paired with a new cruise missile, which is referred to as Product 305. The cost of the work is estimated at about 153.5 million rubles.

The fact that Russian Helicopters will create a modernized version of the Ka-52 was announced back in May last year by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko.

According to him, the updated equipment will acquire new power supply and target detection systems, as well as improved protection.
“We will not reveal all the secrets. The power supply system, optoelectronic systems associated with an increase in the detection and recognition range of targets, an increase in the possibility of using weapons in work both on the ground and in the air, are being updated in the machine, ”said Andrey Boginsky, CEO of the Russian Helicopters holding at the time.

Lydia Misnik

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