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Analysis: Discover Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter used to fight Ukrainian army

According to a video and information published by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Ka-52 nicknamed Alligator is the most used attack helicopter operated by the Russian armed forces to conduct combat operations on Ukrainian territory. In this article, the Army Recognition editorial team explains the combat capabilities of the Russian-made Ka-52 attack helicopter.
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The Ka-52 is the most used attack helicopter by Russian armed forces to fight the Ukrainian army. (Picture source Screen Shot Video Russian MoD)

The Ka-52 nicknamed Alligator is an attack helicopter designed and developed by the Russian company Kamov Design Bureau. The helicopter is designed to destroy armored and unarmored ground targets, low-speed aerial targets, and ground forces on the ground. It entered into service with the Russian armed forces in 2011.

The Ka-52 has a unique design and is powered by two Klimov VK-2500 turbo-shaft engines developing 2,400 hp driving two coaxial contra-rotating main rotors. It can fly at a maximum speed of 300 km/h with a maximum range of 1,100 km. The Ka-52 can fly at a maximum altitude of 5,500 m. The cockpit at the front of the helicopter accommodates two pilots in a side-by-side arrangement.

The side of the helicopter is fitted with an NPPU-80 movable gun mount armed with one 2A42 30 mm automatic gun. The side of the fuselage with external hardpoints can be armed with air-to-surface S-8 unguided rockets, VIKHR anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), and ATAKA missiles with laser guidance system which has a firing range of up to 10 km.

The Ka-52 helicopter is fitted with a mast housing a Phazotron FH-01 Millimeter Wave Radar (MMW) radar with two antennas for aerial and ground targets. The countermeasures are supported by active IR and electronic jammers, radar warning receiver (RWR), laser detection system, IR missile approach warning sensor, and UV-26 flare/chaff dispensers in wing-tip fairings.

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