Ka-50 "Black Shark" as a prototype of the helicopter "Alligator"

Ka-50 "Black Shark" as a prototype of the helicopter "Alligator"

The Russian Ka-52 Alligator is one of the best reconnaissance and attack helicopters in the world today.

The rotary-winged vehicle developed by Kamov JSC successfully destroys armored vehicles and enemy manpower during the NMD. In addition, the Alligator proved itself during the Syrian operation, where the helicopter, in fact, received its first baptism of fire.

It should be noted that the Ka-52 is a further development of the legendary Ka-50 "Black Shark", which without exaggeration can be called the most high-tech helicopter of its time.

One of the main distinguishing features of the helicopter was its single seat. The ability to fully control the rotorcraft by one pilot became a real challenge for Soviet engineers.

Nevertheless, the designers brilliantly coped with the task. A huge amount (at that time) of on-board electronics was installed on the Ka-50. There were four computers in the Black Shark alone, which allowed the pilot to simultaneously control the machine and perform combat missions.

But that's not all. The Ka-50 became the world's first combat helicopter with an ejection system. By the way, it has been preserved in the modern "Alligator".

Finally, the Black Shark's wide range of weapons was also impressive. The Ka-50 received a 30-mm 2A42 cannon, and was also capable of carrying 12 Vikhr ATGMs and a container with NARs, additional guns or air bombs.

The only combat use of the Black Shark in armed conflicts was the Second Chechen War. The rotorcraft made 49 sorties.

A total of 17 Ka-50s were produced. The last helicopter was produced in 2009. Then the release of his successor Ka-52 "Alligator" began.

By the way, according to some reports, the succession of the latter reaches 85%. The Alligator inherited from its predecessor the ejection system, the coaxial propeller scheme, the power plant, the wing, the plumage, part of the armament (in particular, the 2A42 cannon and the Whirlwind ATGM), as well as the middle and tail parts of the fuselage.

Meanwhile, the Ka-52 is flown by two crew members. In addition, the rotorcraft received completely new electronics, including modern electronic protection and aiming systems.

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  1. -10
    17 January 2023 15: 34
    I remember watching this film about the "black shark" helicopter as a child, how he fought there in Afghanistan. then I really felt that this was some kind of analogue superweapon and all that. probably the Sumerians also feel about "javelins" and "leoprads" now ...
    1. 0
      17 January 2023 15: 40
      The film "Black Shark" 1993:
      In general, the helicopter itself is unique, although not invisible: only one pilot, an ejection seat (on no other helicopter in the world!), A system for automatically returning to base in the event of a pilot being injured, .. For reference, it was in 1993 that a tender was held for deliveries to the British Armed Forces, and only one 'Black Shark' was a coaxial helicopter that performed dead loops several times in a row. The tender was lost to the American Apache, the native country since the flight of this machine in 1982 has accepted only 10 units into service, the production of the rest was hampered by the next financial crisis of 2008-...
      1. 0
        17 January 2023 15: 54
        Quote: Uncle Lee
        The film "Black Shark" 1993:

        And they filmed it in my opinion in Uzbekistan, the Charvak reservoir .. in my opinion it sounds like this ...

        from wiki:
        Filming took place during the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 15th Special Forces Brigade (then not yet part of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan and almost completely staffed by Russians, Ukrainians and Moldovans[2]). Permission to shoot the film was given personally by the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Colonel General Rustam Akhmedov, who later constantly kept the filming process under personal control.

        No resources and ammunition were spared for the film. Some sequences were filmed with live gunfire, using live explosives instead of the pyrotechnics normally used for filming. Most of the stunts were performed by the special forces involved in the filming[3].

        Other actors voiced the tape, because the main characters left to fight [3].

        In addition to the 15th Special Forces Brigade, the 467th Separate Special Forces Training Regiment stationed in Chirchik (previously preparing enlisted personnel for the war in Afghanistan), the 399th Helicopter Regiment, as well as armored vehicles from the Tashkent Higher Combined Arms Command School [3 ].

        The script was rewritten on the go, taking into account the experience of military operations. The original script is less than half preserved[3].
        1. -3
          17 January 2023 16: 29
          The Russian Ka-52 Alligator is one of the best reconnaissance and attack helicopters in the world today.
          Yes, no doubt, especially considering the alterations after combat use, but there is always a but ... "Apache" .. still good. And we must admit it, and strive to surpass it. -apache-block-iii-level-14043-pogonschik-elektronnyh-dronov.html
  2. -4
    17 January 2023 15: 37
    sharp maneuvers due to the overlap of the blades are contraindicated, unfortunately. in this sense, the classical Mil scheme is more interesting.
    1. +3
      17 January 2023 15: 58
      Quote: Nexcom
      Mil's classical scheme turns out to be more interesting.

      The experience of military operations in Ukraine proved that it was the Ka-52 that was more tenacious, and precisely because of its alignment. hi
      1. +3
        17 January 2023 16: 16
        Quote: Ingvar 72

        The experience of military operations in Ukraine proved that it was the Ka-52 that was more tenacious, and precisely because of its alignment.

        Can statistics confirm your words?
        So far, according to the oryx, 6 destroyed Mi-28s, 25 lost Ka-52s. There are roughly equal numbers of them in the troops.
        1. +1
          17 January 2023 17: 34
          This is simply because the Ka-52s work more.
    2. 0
      19 January 2023 19: 39
      Oh, this overlapping of blades))) The danger of overlapping propellers in a coaxial is no more than the danger of overlapping a propeller with a tail boom in a classic helicopter.
  3. +2
    17 January 2023 16: 00
    We definitely need a good film about Ka52 (mi28). Good quality shot. What do our directors actually do? Plots shaft (SAR, 404), imported armored vehicles shaft ... please make a film. in 4K with good sound.
  4. 0
    17 January 2023 17: 33
    I had a chance to see this car, which was filmed in the film.

  5. -1
    17 January 2023 17: 59
    In 86, he flew to our airfield. In those days, for us accustomed to 8s and 24s, there was something surprising. True, it was then called the product 800.
    1. 0
      17 January 2023 18: 07
      Maybe in 1996? In 1986, it was like it didn't exist yet.
      1. 0
        19 January 2023 19: 41
        He made his first flight in 1982.
  6. 0
    23 January 2023 13: 30
    Read the magazine "Technology and Armament". Already 5 numbers in it is written the history of the Ka-52

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