Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator", the helicopter of the future
Over the years the Russian aircraft manufacturers have for developing innovative and technologically advanced projects, proving to be at the forefront of proposing new solutions.
The manufacture of helicopters is one of the strengths of the Russian aviation industry, just name a few famous designers like Mikhail Mil and Nikolay Kamov. Thanks to their ideas in Russia who have been notable helicopters were produced, as:
- Mil Mi-24 "Hind", one of the most popular among the armed forces in the world, direct competitor of Bell AH-1 Cobra, often referred to as "flying tank” by its soundness and firepower, In addition to its record speed of 368.4 km/h. First flight in 1969.
- Mil Mi-26 "Halo", the world's largest single-shaft helicopter, its rotor has a diameter of 32 m. AND’ high 8 m, long 40 m, can carry up to a maximum of 80 soldiers or 20 000 kg load. First flight in 1977.
- Mil Mi-12 "Homer", We have already presented at the Central Russian air force Museum report. AND’ the largest helicopter ever built, equipped with two transverse rotors, each with a diameter of 35 m. AND’ long 37 m, high 12 metres and a width of 67 m. He was born in 1965 for the transport of components of rocketry
- Mil Mi-10 "Harke", transport helicopter designed in 1960, scored a world record payload/altitude, lifting a load of 25105 kg at a height of 2840 m.
In this list we have to enter the Russian attack helicopter that represents the future of the Russian armed forces: the Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator”.
The Alligator is powered by two VK-2500 engines that allow it to reach a maximum speed of 300 km/h , to operate up to 5.000 meters above sea level, have a payload of 9800 kg.
The particularity of the Ka-52 are the two coaxial rotors (typical of Kamov), solution that doesn't "annoying” tail rotor. The two rotors are installed on each other, spaced out of 15-20% rotor diameter. The Elimination of the tail rotor gives the advanced flight capabilities Alligator: suffers much less variations in wind direction and intensity, more speed in the turn, can operate in tight spaces and plenty of agility… ideal for a helicopter with ground attack prerogative. Can make the "funnel": a circular section, in which the helicopter keeps the alignment toward the goal while flying in a circle and changing altitude and speed during. And can perform aerobatic maneuvers/evasive as looping and tonneau.
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Another prerogative of Ka-52, and its progenitor Ka-50 "Black Shark", NPP Zvezda K-37 ejection seat is-80. When activated the ejection system, the explosive charges they knock off the rotor blades and blow the roof. In this way the crew can safely ejected.
The development of the Ka-52 began in 1996 from the base of the Ka-50. The first difference that can be seen is that the Alligator is two-seater supported and can be controlled by both drivers. The cabin is armoured door, capable of withstanding up to 23 mm caliber weapons. The need to have two pilots on Board was created by the introduction of avionics, weapons systems and latest generation requiring a greater workload tracking. AND’ equipped with stealth technology and electronic jammers that make it suitable also for electronic warfare.
The radar system "Arbalet” adopted by the Ka-52 has a dual antenna, a front for terrestrial targets, the other on the rotor for the targets in the air. AND’ therefore suitable not only for ground attacks, but for reconnaissance and support.
Series production began in 2008 and now about 70 Alligator are in service with Russian forces. Within the 2020 will be 146. Egypt also signed an order 46 Unit.
After so many words… are you curious to see l’ "alligator” in action? Here is the video made by Flight Video & Photo at MAKS 2015 in Moscow. Video
Adrian "Kamov” Zunino has created a full motion system on 3 axes of the Kamov Ka-50. The cabin has been reproduced maniacally in scale 1/1. It is the only specimen of its kind in Europe.
You can follow his work through the blog http://kadr01.blogspot.it/.
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