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Description: The Kamov Ka-52 Alligator, Hokum-B NATO-codename, is a twin-seat, attack helicopter evolved from the Ka-50 Black Shark. It has been designed to engage surface and airborne targets such as armored vehicles, boats and helicopters in all-weather conditions. Its high maneuverability derived from the two three-blade coaxial main rotors enables the Ka-50/52 to outperform aerodynamically any other attack helicopters in the world. The Ka-52K is a navalised version of the ground-based Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter operated by the Russian Air Force. The Russian Navy requires the Ka-52K aircraft to equip four Mistral-class amphibious assault ships being build between Russia and France. The new aircraft will be specially equipped to conduct attack missions against targets at sea and on the ground which requires different sensors and armaments than those used on the basic Ka-52 helicopter. Each Mistral will be provided with eight Ka-52K attack helicopters and eight Ka-29 armored troops transport helicopters.
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