Last time we showed you the process of production of combat helicopters Ka-52 “Alligator” in Arsenyev. Today we’ll see their first practice flights over the airbase of Russian Air Force “Chernigovka”.
The new unique vehicles left nobody indiferrent.
Instructions before the flight
The combat vehicles are prepared for the flight too
Mi-24 will fly too
“Alligtors” will replace “Mi-24P” that are still actual
Practically noiseless vehicle may take off immediately from the place and land on a small piece of land what cannot be said about Mi-24. It needs a good running start. Besides Ka-52 is equipped with airborne avionics that has no analogs in the world.
Being loaded with unguided air-to-surface missiles
10 missiles from each side
Two more vehicles will accompany the helicopter – a filling and a launching ones.
Ready to take off
Old tradition – the pilot slightly slaps the nose of the helicopter…
Mi-24 were the first to fly
Ka-52 helicopters follow them
Its max. speed is 310 km/h, it can carry 2800 kg that may include anti-tank guided missiles, missiles “air-air” or rocket missiles…
Stationary gun armament of “Alligator” consists of one 30mm gun 2A42 with ammunition of 460 missiles.
The crew consists of two persons who have to solve many complex tasks: reconnaissance, target designation, coordination of actions of combat helicopters groups.
It doesn’t take long to prepare Ka-52 for a flight
Mi-8AMTSH – a transport attack modification of famous Mi-8. Another new thing.
It began to be produced in 1997 in Ulan Ude.
As opposed to Mi-8 this modification has considerable changes of cabins that have been also armoured. Armour plates defend the nose and bottom parts of the vehicle.
A gun for protection of a rear hemisphere is a renovation too. In the nose part of the vehicles there are two more guns.
Mi-24 and Mi-8AMTSH in the background
Mi-24V – the veterans often called “crocodiles”
They are still successfully performing combat tasks
Some time later Ka-52 is ready to fly again