Russian Helicopters test Ka-52K

The experts of the “Russian Helicopters” holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) will, within the framework of testing the Ka-52K ship reconnaissance and combat helicopter, test the airborne equipment of the machine for resistance to electromagnetic interference.

Currently, one of the preproduction samples of the Ka-52K is being prepared for testing external electromagnetic field resistance of airborne avionics and chains with aerial weapons. The second sample is undergoing preliminary tests in the airfield-based conditions; and another one is used for testing the new inertial navigation system.

“The Ka-52K helicopter is currently going through the final stages of tests, and the holding is readyto start its serial production in the next few years. The development of this machine was ordered by the Ministry of Defense, and the possibility of using the Ka-52K helicopters on the basis of not only Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, but also frigates and large anti-submarine ships adapted to single and group stationing of helicopters is currently under consideration. Besides, the Ministry of Defense has decided that the Ka-52K should be used on the perspective domestic helicopter carriers,” stresses Andrey Boginsky, CEO of the “Russian helicopters” holding.

The Ka-52K helicopter continues the product line of “marine” helicopters developed by the Kamov construction bureau. It is intended for patrolling, providing fire support for troop landings, solving tasks of anti-airborne defense at the frontline and at tactical depth, at any time and weather. The modern avionics provides the helicopter with navigation in the absence of landmarks at the sea.

The Ka-52K differs from the basic model due to its abbreviated folding wing that was modernized to make place for heavy weapons, and to the blade folding mechanism; this will allow it to be placed in the hold compactly. The reduced size of the Ka-52K ship-based helicopters allow increasing the maximum number of helicopters placed on the ship. An armored cockpit and the use of a catapult system that is unique to the world helicopter industry provide the pilots with the maximum level of safety that cannot be provided by any foreign helicopter of this class.

The use of corrosion-resistant materials is another important feature of the Ka-52K, as the machine is to be operated in wet maritime climate. The helicopter has a single-point fueling system and an upgraded air conditioning system which ensures ventilation of immersion suits of crew members. Besides, the Ka-52K has a short-range radiotechnical navigation system which was not used by the basic model.