Nov 11, 2012
Russia's Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter
The Kamov Ka-52 Alligator is Russian attack helicopter. The multi-role all-weather combat Ka-52 "Alligator" helicopter is a twin-seat derivative of the Russian-made attack helicopter Ka-50. The first prototype of the Ka-52 was unveiled at the aerospace event Aero India in 1996. The Ka-52 is designed to defeat armor materiel, low-speed aerial targets, as well as exposed and sheltered manpower in the daytime and at night, in VFR (Visulal Flight Rules) and IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) weather conditions. The Ka-52 combat helicopter can be used to defeat targets on the battlefield within wide ranges of launching high-precision supersonic antitank missile systems, including launches from more than a 6-km range within a stand-off zone of air defense artillery and air defense missile systems. The two-seat Ka-52 is capable of carrying out group combat missions, including those involving a combined air strength.