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  • Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark (Hokum) Attack Helicopter

    The single-seat Russian Kamov Ka-50 Hokum attack helicopter family features the Kamov-trademark counter-rotating blades which are used to cancel torque.

     Updated: 6/13/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Kamov Ka-50 Chernaya Akula (or "Black Shark" and Codenamed "Hokum" by NATO) series of attack helicopter was developed in the latter years of the Cold War and did not enter operational service with Russian military forces until 1995. It features many interesting and unique design elements for a weapon of this classification and - at least on paper - would seem to give all other modern attack helicopters and ground armor units a run for their money thanks to the inherent capabilities in the distinct design. The need for a new Russian attack helicopter was developed after hard-earned lessons in the Soviet-Afghanistan Conflict

    Development of the Ka-50 began in 1977, producing the V-80 prototype. The V-80 went airborne on July 27th, 1982 and evolved to become the V-80Sh-1 pre-production model. The Ka-50 squared off against the Mil Mi-28 "Havoc" - a conventional two-seat attack helicopter in competitive trials and was selected ahead of the Mil product in 1986. Funding delayed production for a time and renewed trials in 1994 did the Ka-50 project no better - 2000 saw the Mi-28 also selected for service. The Ka-50 became operational in 1995 and was produced through approximately 32 examples. Comparatively, the Mi-28 was introduced into service in 1996 and initially saw limited production for the Russian Air Force while Kenya entered the fray as an export customer (the Iraqi Air Force may become its next foreign operator of note).

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    Kamov Ka-50 Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1995
    Type: Attack Helicopter
    National Origin: Soviet Union
    Manufacturer(s): Kamov - Soviet Union
    Production Total: 32

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 0.00 feet (0 meters)
    Width: 47.57 feet (14.50 meters)
    Height: 16.17 feet (4.93 meters)

    Weight (MTOW): 23,810 lb (10,800 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x Klimov TV3-117VK turboshaft engines developing 2,226 horsepower and driving 2 x three-blade counter-rotating co-axial main rotors.

    Maximum Speed: 193 mph (310 kph; 167 knots)
    Maximum Range: 323 miles (520 km)
    Service Ceiling: 13,123 feet (4,000 meters; 2.49 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 1,575 feet-per-minute (480 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    1 x 30mm Shipunov 2A42 cannon fitted along the starboard side of the fuselage.

    Mission-specific armament can include a combination of the following across four underwing hardpoints:

    12 x AT-16 Vikhr-M Laser-Guided Air-to-Surface Anti-Tank Missiles
    12 x AS-12 "Kegler" air-to-surface missiles
    4 x Vympel R-73 (AA-11 "Archer") short-range air-to-air missiles
    4 x S-8 HE / Munitions-Dispensing Rocket Pods (80 total rockets)
    4 x S-13 Munitions-Dispensing Rocket Pods
    4 x 23mm Gun Pods
    4 x 1,100lb bombs
    Fuel Tanks

    Global Operators / Customers

    Iraq; Russia

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    V-80 - Prototype Model Designation

    V-80Sh-1 - Pre-Production Prototype; two examples produced; "Shturmovik-1" designation for "single seat assaulter".

    Ka-50 "Black Shark" ("Hokum-A") - Production Model Designation based on the V-80Sh-1 pre-production models.

    Ka-50N "Nochnoy" - Developmental Night-Capable Variant with FLIR.

    Ka-50Sh "Shar" - Developmental Improved Night-Capable Variant with FLIR.

    Ka-50-2 - Proposed Export Designation

    Ka-50-2 "Erdogan" - Proposed Turkish attack helicopter requirement; developed jointly by Kamov and Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI); Israeli avionics and "glass" tandem twin-seat; never purchased or produced.

    Ka-52 "Alligator" ("Hokum-B") - All weather, day/night capable; two-seat side-by-side cockpit.

    Ka-52K - Navalized Ka-52 variant; folding main rotor head; reinforced undercarriage; anti-corrosion coating; maritime ordnance support.