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Ka-50 Black Shark  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Hokum-A and Werewolf
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Kamov and Progress Arseniev Aircraft Company
Parent System: Ka-50 Black Shark
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: 226
Family Members: Ka-52 Alligator and Ka-52K Katran
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Description: The Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark, Hokum-A NATO-codename and formerly known as the Werewolf, is a single-seat, attack helicopter designed to engage ground targets and slow and low flying airborne targets. The Ka-50 helicopter features two contra-rotating, 3-blade main rotors which make not necessary a tail rotor while provide enhanced maneuverability. It also features an innovative ejection seat, the K-37, to save the pilot's life in the case of a fatal event. The Ka-50 armament includes a 30mm 2A42 gun with 800 high explosive/piercing rounds, up to 12 Vikhr long range anti-tank missiles, 80 and 122mm rockets, 4 Igla Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs), and Air-to-Surface Missiles (ASMs). The 30mm 2A42 gun provides rates of fire of 460 rounds per minute featuring a maximum range of 4,000 meters. External fuel tanks can be also be attached to the 4 pylons used to carry weapons.

The Ka-50 Black Shark helicopter lightweight armor ensures the aircraft withstand against small arms impact. The cabin can withstand impacts of up to 20mm projectiles. The Infrared (IR) signature has been reduced to achieve improved survivability against heat-guided weapons and sensors. An advanced fire control system has been provided to Ka-50 helicopters which permits them to share targets information and to attack in a cooperative, effective and optimized way.

The Ka-50 attack helicopter was selected by the Russian Army to replace the Mi-24 Hind helicopter. Some few were deployed for the first time during the military campaign in Chechnya. Production of Black Shark helicopters remains at low rate and eventually could be replaced by the Ka-52 Alligator or Mi-28N helicopters. In March 2005, Progress Arseniev Aircraft Company re-started the Ka-50 assembly line. According to Russian press, the first production Ka-50 Black Shark helicopter was ready to enter Russian Army's operational evaluation in February 2007. Ka-50 and Ka-52 series production were expected to start shortly. Finally, the Ka-50 was cancelled in favor of the twin-seat Ka-52 attack helicopter.

Ka-50 Black Shark Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 6
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4.95 meter (16.2 foot)
Length: 16 meter (52 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 14.5 meter (48 foot)
Width: 7.30 meter
Ceiling: 5,500 meter (18,045 foot)
Max Range: 520 kilometer (281 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 4,400 shp
Cruise Speed: 77 mps (277 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 98 mps (353 kph)
Max Takeoff Weight: 9,800 kilogram (21,605 pound)
Payload: 2,000 kilogram (4,409 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Ka-50 Black Shark News

There are 2 news between
5 Aug 2009 and 22 Jul 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013Russian Ministry of Defense Orders Vikhr-1 Long-Range Anti-Armor Missiles
Wednesday, August 5, 2009Russian Air Force Outlines Future Force Structure by 2020-2025

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