25-Aug-2021 Source: Russian Helicopters
The Russian Helicopters holding of the Rostec State Corporation and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation during the Army-2021 international military-technical forum signed a contract for the supply of the first serial upgraded Ka-52M combat helicopters. The first vehicles will go to the troops in 2022.
Deliveries of the upgraded helicopters will begin after passing state joint tests, which started in August.
“The Ka-52 is one of the best attack rotorcraft in the world, but even the best technology needs timely modernization – it will expand the combat capabilities of the helicopter,” noted Andrey Boginsky, General Director of the Russian Helicopters holding . “When developing the updated version, our designers relied on experience operation of the Alligator, including in a real combat situation. Therefore, in the improved attack helicopter, everything is aimed at increasing the combat efficiency in any weather conditions. In agreement with the Russian Ministry of Defense, preparations for the production of serial vehicles have already started at the AAK Progress enterprise in Primorye. ” …
The Ka-52M received a modernized avionics complex, equipped with increased performance computing facilities. With its help, the possibilities of using weapons are expanded, including at night. The range of detection and recognition of targets at night has doubled.
The helicopter has installed and tested advanced missile weapons. The Ka-52M is adapted to work in conjunction with UAVs – the data received from the drones will help to increase the situational awareness of the crew on the battlefield and will help to qualitatively improve the collection of intelligence at a greater distance.
To improve the efficiency of the helicopter, work is underway to install a radar station with an active phased antenna array (AFAR). The combat radius of the helicopter has been increased. The helicopter is also equipped with an upgraded BSK (airborne load control system).