Concern Kalashnikov OJSC has tested a modernized aviation guided missile "Whirlwind". The ammunition was tested from the Ka-52 attack helicopter.
According to the press service of Kalashnikov, specialists from the concern and the Tula Instrument-Making Design Bureau (KBP), representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the joint helicopter center took part in the tests. As part of the tests from the Ka-52 helicopter, 22 launches of the upgraded missile were made at one of the military ranges.
As stated, during the modernization of the missile, the probability of hitting a target during short-range launches was increased, and stability in flight was increased. Tests have shown the effectiveness of the rocket. At the same time, it is not specified whether work on the rocket has been completed or will still continue.
Work on the modernization of the Vikhr aircraft guided missile was reported in February this year. The work was planned as part of the program for the unification of the armament of the Ka-52 and Mi-28NM helicopters; the new missile will be put into service with the Night Hunter.
The 9K121M "Vikhr-M" missile system with the 9M127-1 "Vikhr-1" missile was developed at the end of the eighties at the Tula Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), was officially adopted in 1992, but mass production began only in 2013. when a contract was signed for the production of missiles in the amount of 13 billion rubles. Rearmament to a new missile system was carried out in the period from 2013 to 2015.
The main purpose of the missile is to destroy armored vehicles, including those with active armor, as well as air targets at speeds up to 800 km / h. The launch height is up to 4000 meters, and the maximum firing range is 10 kilometers. It was originally intended for the Su-25 and Ka-52.