19 The Flight Training Center In Torzhok

The Flight Training Center In Torzhok

Posted on June 23, 2011 by kulichik

The Ka-50 (or Hokum’ in NATO parlance) is one of two attack helicopters (the other being the Mi-28) that were developed against a Russian army requirement for a new close air support helicopter.

The cabin

Today the center in Torzhok holds 6 Ka-50 helicopters, and only 4 of them can fly in the air.


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19 Responses to “The Flight Training Center In Torzhok”

  1. Maraudon says:

    The Black Shark, best attack chopper there is!

    • testicules says:

      Not better than the long bow apache

      • Maraudon says:

        Oh it’s better alright!

        • testicules says:

          How many tanks has it blown up incombat? How many missions has it run in combat? How many are inthe field? Answer to all: not as many as Apache.

          • Byron says:

            How many years of service have the Apache/Longbow and how many years of service have the Ka-50? That’s the answer to your question… Americans many times are very childish… I guess that you use your nickname to think…

          • Thomas says:

            “not as many as Apache.”

            I can say that MI8 beats Apache in all counts. But how would you know, eh?

            “My father has bigger balls than your father”-game we used to play in kindergarten.

  2. testicules says:

    I wonder how many of these are operational. It looks to be in decent condition. Probably not as effective as the upgraded Cobras.

  3. Jeff Pigden says:

    “The lighting points at those objects subjects to annihilation by other pilots.”
    I think a more meaningful message would be:
    Laser designator to mark targets for other weapons to attack.

  4. Mummeli says:

    What’s with the ‘pilot shot’? Everytime there’s a picture of the pilot, in a helicopter or in a plane, he’s around his 50’s. Doesnt Russia have any younger pilots, or does their teaching take that long?

    • testicules says:

      Old guys clining to their job. Compared to NATO countries where pilots are inshape and much younger.

      • zag says:

        The pilots might be younger in western countries, only due to age requirements, but once they get to around 25 30 they usually end up moving on into being airliner pilots as there’s far more money in that.

        I wouldn’t fuss too much about the age of these guys as they would have plenty flight time and understand the systems of the plane, as said you need over 50 hours of flight time in a black shark or something similar to get the hours up.

  5. Alessio says:

    It looks awesome and unique. The instrumental looks a bit old fashion, maybe they need a fresh new digitalized weapon system and instrumentary.
    The double propellor creates more lift, and doesn’t need the small tail rotor to counter tork or turn.
    But does it have the same manouvrability?
    some serious ansers pls if some one knows about this helicopter

  6. stozi says:

    A helicopter’s main weakness is a rocket to the tail prop. This thing doesn’t have one.

  7. testicules says:

    Still to be designed and produced? America can sell them some cobras…

  8. GSG says:

    And Ka-50 was tested at the second Chechen war in 2000-2001. Wath this:

    • testicules says:

      Interesting. But do you really consider the Chechen’s a seasoned war fighting army? They are a militia at best. That is not a true test of the capabilities. The lethality factor of the environment is not high enough.

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