Back Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator"


Multi-role all-weather combat Ka-52 "Alligator" helicopter is a twin-seat derivative of the attack Ka-50. It is intended for a wide range of combat tasks in daytime and night conditions, in any time of the year with the use of all destruction means of the Ka-50. This is a commander helicopter of the army aviation aimed at increasing the efficiency of group combat helicopter operations.

Coaxial-type Ka-52 helicopter differs from its predecessor by a wider nose part and twin-seat crew cockpit where the pilot ejection seats are arranged side-by-side. Both pilots have full controls of the helicopter without any limitations. The pilot cockpit is armored. The helicopter can be used as a trainer. High flying qualities of the coaxial helicopter combined with unique manoeuvrability allow the helicopter to perform combat maneuvers within the minimum air area and the shortest time to gain an advantageous attack position.

Numerous weapons options for the helicopter are achieved by arranging a movable high-speed firing gun starboard of the helicopter, and by six available external wing stores with different combination of anti-tank missiles, rockets, "air-to-air" missiles, gun ammunition of a container type and bombs of various caliber. From the point of view of the weapons power the "Alligator" is comparable with the "Black Shark" helicopter and is superior to all existing combat helicopters.

The on-board multifunctional avionics suite ensures round-the-clock helicopter piloting, navigational and combat tasks in anytime of the year. The avionics suite is comprised of a multiplexed, multi-level digital computer-based system having large storage capacity and high speed. Observation, search and targeting systems comprising head-mounted display are used for round-the-clock and all-weather detection of specified targets and their attack using optical, TV, laser, IR and radar equipment.


NATO reporting name: Hokum-B

TYPE: Two-seat all-weather day/night combat and training helicopter.

PROGRAMME: Revealed at 1995 Paris Air Show; rolled out December 1996; first flight 25 June 1997; first official flight 1 July 1997.

DESIGN FEATURES: 85% similar to single-seat Ka-50, but front fuselage redesigned to accommodate two crew side by side; upward-hinged and bulged gull-wing type transparent canopy door over each seat. Bottom of nose recessed on starboard side to improve field of fire of 2A42 gun. Some cockpit armour and number of rounds for the cannon omitted to compensate for increased weight.

POWER PLANT: Two uprated 1,863kW Klimov TV3-117VMA-SB3 turboshafts. Two 1,633kW TV3-117VMA turboshafts in prototype.

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot and pupil or navigator/weapons operator have Zvezda K-37-800 ejection system, for simultaneous emergency escape, similar to that of Ka-50. Full dual controls standard including two colour and two monochrome SMD 66 multifunction displays.

AVIONICS: Integrated by Sextant Avionique, supplier of head-down displays, the Navigation and Attack System for Helicopters (NASH), Topowl helmet-mounted sight display, Nadir 10 navigation system.
Radar: Phazotron FH-01 Arbalet MMW radar installed in mast-mounted dome.
Flight: Nadir 10 nav system with Stratus laser gyro AHRS and Doppler radar.
Instrumentation: Arsenal Shchel-V helmet-mounted sight for weapons operator.
Mission: Samshit-E weapons control system above and behind the second cockpit, with TV, FLIR and laser range-finder and target designator. Thomson-CSF FLIR (or optional Russian Khod FLIR) integrated with Shkval electro-optical (TV) sighting system in ball above fuselage aft of canopy. Smaller ball for optical sight under fuselage. Windows for laser range-finder and IR camera in nose turret.
Self-defence: Active IR and electronic jamming units; UV-26 flare/chaff dispensers in wingtip fairings. Warning equipment includes Pastel (L150) RWR, Mak (L136) IR and Otklik (L140) laser system.

ARMAMENT: As Ka-50, except only 240 rounds for 2A42 gun, plus additional weapons. Standard Ka-52 armament comprises two UPP-800 clusters on inner underwing hardpoints, each equipped with six laser-guided Vikhr anti-tank missiles with a range of 8 to 10km, and two B8V-20 rocket launchers on the outer hardpoints, each with 20 S-8 80mm air-to-surface rockets; 30mm fixed 2A42 gun on starboard side of fuselage. New Vikhr-M anti-tank missile with a range of 12 to 15km will be fitted to production aircraft. Igla-V AAMs are carried for air-to-air defence.

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Technical data for Ka-52

Crew: 2, rotor diameter: 14.50m, fuselage length: 13.53m, height: 4.95m, take-off weight: 10800kg, max speed: 300km/h, hovering ceiling, OGE: 3600m, normal range: 520km, range with max fuel: 1200km, armament: 1 x 30mm cannon, 12 "Vihr" anti-tank missiles

Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator"

Jacey, e-mail, 28.08.2015reply

I have yet to see any picture of either Hokum-A or -B with a mast mounted radar for one of two reasons. Either the photo fails to show the upper rotors and top mast or there is no radar.
Can you provide a picture of a Hokum with a mast mounted radar please? Jacey

jay biradar, e-mail, 25.04.2014reply

What is purpose behind elimination of tail rotor ? Is it advantageous for ka 52 ?

peer king, 20.09.2010reply

Ka52 best attack chopper ever build, the only chopper that could be compaired to this made by the western forces was never brought into production, the RAH-66 Comanche with a tripple gatling cannon and 28 ATAS(if it would have been taken in production there would have been added some hellfires for sure), so to this day, the Ka52 would be my pick as the apache is too slow, no ejection system, requires more maintainance than actual flying time, Ka52 is just better

a.casais, e-mail, 13.12.2010reply

is a scary piece of machine

ZE, e-mail, 22.02.2011reply

Cost of Ka-52 is $16million...Apache costs the same

mark edgette, e-mail, 16.05.2011reply

The ka-52 is superior to the apache in aerodynamics.

zlatko mkd, 01.04.2012reply

amerikanskoto sranje apaci moze da jade lajna za kamov

peter bonfil, e-mail, 20.09.2012reply

Russia continues to build amazing helicopters,they are just perfect for the job,always better and simpler than west.

jkolmqn, e-mail, 21.03.2010reply

cool heli i gotta do a project on

Aram, e-mail, 09.03.2010reply

How much it cost? Price is important as machine them self.
How much cost Ka 56 - one man simple one?
Portland OR

Dejan, e-mail, 02.01.2010reply

Totaly confidence to Russian Air Force!Congratulation an Good Luck!The best attack helicopter all over the World still yet!Regards from Serbia.

karun, 28.10.2009reply

nice russian stuff ever built. as far as i know this is suprior to American apache. most versatile flying machine on earth? chooper.

vinayak, e-mail, 19.09.2009reply

nothing else

Savio, e-mail, 11.06.2009reply

The Ka-52 HokumB is the best!!!

David, e-mail, 19.05.2009reply

These Kamovs sure are ugly things.

brk, e-mail, 26.07.2008reply

is it competiting for india's need of an attack heli?

GUSTAVO RIOS, e-mail, 07.02.2008reply


Tharaka, e-mail, 26.10.2007reply


kgt, e-mail, 23.09.2007reply

does the helicopter can fith with cobra apachi helicopters.

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