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Anti Tank Missiles:
2- 2,225 hp ea.
44 ft. 3 in.
17 ft. 9 in
2- 47 ft. 7 in. ea.
1- 30 mm
The Kamov Ka-50 helicopter proved superior to its Russian competition during testing to become the next attack helicopter for the Red Army. However, the collapse of the Soviet Union has kept funding at a minimum and thus far only a small number of the helicopters have been built. The two seat helicopter version is designated the Kamov Ka-52.
The Kamov Ka-50 helicopter utilize contra-rotating rotor blades on a single shaft that eliminates the need for a tail rotor. The helicopter is extremely aerobatic, capable of performing loops, rolls and all advanced aerobatic helicopter maneuvers. It is said to be more maneuverable than both United States and European attack helicopters. Its avionics, however, do not appear to be as sophisticated as either of its rivals.
In 2001 the Kamov Ka-50, called Black Shark, began limited action in Chechnya, together with older, more heavily used helicopters. Even though far too few were deployed to have any significant impact, the Kamov Design Bureau considers its mission a success.
A pair of separately mounted engines, spaced far apart in the helicopter, reduce the chances of both engines being put out of action at the same time. The engines can continue running without oil for about thirty minutes. This gives the pilot the opportunity to land in a safe location in the event that the oil system is damaged. The Kamov Ka-50 helicopter also has numerous redundant systems allowing additional safety during its missions.
The cockpit armor can stop 12.7 mm armor piercing rounds, as well as 23 mm fragments. The rotor blades are sufficiently strong to resist minor combat damage.
The Kamov Ka-50 is the world’s first operational helicopter with an ejection seat similar to the ones used in jet fighters.
A total of over 130 Kamov Ka-50 and two seat Kamov Ka-52 helicopters have been produced to date.