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.
Today the center in Torzhok holds 6 Ka-50 helicopters, and only 4 of them can fly in the air.
The machines weren’t used that often till 2009 and 2010 when due to the preparation activities held prior to the parade on Victory Day the minimum annual flying time constituted over 50 and 100 hours, respectively.
A pilot is considered as qualified if his minimum annual flying time accounts for 50 hours. Another problem consists in the fact that pilots are more keen on using not Ka-50 but other helicopters for flying.
The retrospect mirror.
The left foot pedal.
The right foot pedal.
The tables are located on the right side of the pilot and contain revisions related to the speed, aspect angle, etc.
The pilot is wearing a new protecting helmet. The glass is mounted from the inside, the ventilation system lacks any holes in the frontal area, separate space enables integration of night vision goggle, etc.
The Ka-50 is ready for the flight.
The machine is widely used in training of new pilots. It is said that today the project of a modern and single-seated helicopter is under the consideration.
The pilots using the attack helicopters are qualified enough to visually establish and destroy the goal and don’t need a partner. Those of them who haven’t run a similar machine for a while are not allowed to use it.
Unguided air-to-surface missile.
The lighting points at those objects subjects to annihilation by other pilots.