Russian Ка-52 Alligator combat helicopter creates a sensation at Le Bourget
19.06.2013 / Paris

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, and Rosoboronexport showcased the latest Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter at the Paris Air Show on June 17.

The helicopter made its international debut on the first day of Le Bourget with a spectacular program full of aerobatic manoeuvres that was one of the highlights of the 50th Paris Air Show. The display, in front of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov, was the talk of the show and created new export opportunities for this advanced helicopter, highlighting the competitiveness of Russian military technologies in the global market place.

Russian Helicopters created the Ka-52 Alligator using cutting-edge Russian aviation technologies, state-of-the-art avionics and weaponry, and composite materials, while ensuring a high degree of flight safety. The helicopter has successfully passed all of its state tests and entered serial production, and is in service with the Russian Air Force.

The Ka-52 Alligator is an all-weather, day-night combat helicopter. It is designed to destroy armoured and unarmoured ground targets, low-speed aerial targets and enemy front-line and tactical reserve troops, and to undertake reconnaissance missions and co-ordination of groups of military helicopters. The Alligator is equipped with stealth technologies and active IR and electronic jammers, and is designed to Russian and international standards for combat helicopters and their operation.

The Alligator has a twin-seat cockpit and can be controlled by either pilot. Its coaxial rotors provide advanced flight abilities and allow it to manoeuvre rapidly in tight airspace to secure a favourable attacking position.

Two VK-2500 gas turbine engines enable the helicopter to fly above 5,000 metres. It has a static ceiling of 4,000 metres, and can take off and land in hot environments and high altitudes. The Ка-52 Alligator can also be deployed in cold climates and icy conditions.

The Ka-52 Alligator is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics developed mainly by Concern Radioelectronic Technologies, also a Rostec company. The Crossbow (Russian: Arbalet) radar system can overcome military challenges at any time of day or night and in any weather conditions, including deliberate or natural radio electronic interference. Crossbow gives Ka-52 pilots a radar facility map of the local terrain, making it possible to identify and avoid hazardous wet and turbulent zones, and also to rapidly locate targets. Radioelectronic Technologies also supplies the Alligator with Hunter (Russian: Okhotnik) series systems for laser-guided weapons and video imaging processing for missile guidance. Thanks to these systems, the helicopter can rapidly identify and simultaneously engage two targets, guiding Attack (Russian: Ataka) and Whirlwind (Russian: Vikhr) missiles with high accuracy. The SAU-800 autopilot system allows for manual and automatic piloting.

The Ka-52 is equipped with powerful offensive weapons that can be configured for different military missions. The rapid-fire unit NPPU-80 with 2A42 30mm gun is located on the helicopter’s starboard. The large number of weapons options is supported by six mounting points for aircraft guns, missiles and rockets and various aerial bombs, as well as additional fuel tanks. The total weight of the payload is 2,000kg.

The Alligator’s other advantages include a high degree of protection for the crew, state-of-the-art automated systems that make piloting easier, and ease of ground maintenance. Powerful armoured protection and ejection seats unique fort its class make the Ka-52 Alligator one of the safest helicopters for crew, while the helmet-mounted target designation system means the helicopter can fly military missions around the clock and at any time of year, significantly reducing pilots’ workload. The helicopter is equipped with satellite navigation, with colour displays in the cockpit conveying a wide range of information, including a digital map of the terrain.

Like the Mi-24 and Mi-35M, the Alligator has been designed for outside storage.

The Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter is without doubt one of the most advanced military helicopters in its class. It combines cutting-edge developments fr om Rostec companies with the traditional virtues of Russian-built helicopters. The Мi-8/17, Мi-24, Мi-35М and Кa-32 helicopters are in high demand around the world, particularly in regions with complex weather conditions, wh ere helicopters are becoming essential.

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Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State CorporationRostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2012 its IFRS revenues increased 21% to RUB 125,7billion. Deliveries reached 290 helicopters.

Rosoboronexport, OJSC is the only enterprise in Russia with the right to export the full range of military and dual-use products, technologies and services. Rosoboronexport is one of the world’s leading arms companies, exporting more than 80% of Russian military equipment and working with more than 700 Russian enterprises and organisations in the defence sector. Russia collaborates in the military sphere with more than 70 countries.

UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. It is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).

Concern Radioelectronic Technologies is Russia’s largest producer of instruments for defence and civilian industries. The Concern was established in 2009 and is part of State Corporation Rostec. Radioelectronic Technologies develops and produces electronic warfare, avionics and IFF systems, various types of measuring equipment, electrical connectors and cable systems, household appliances and medical devices. The Concern operates 97 enterprises in 28 regions of Russia. It employs more than 60,000 people and supplies its products to 60 countries.

State Corporation Rostec was established in 2007 to support Russian industry in developing, producing and exporting high-tech industrial products for civil and military use. It includes 663 companies, currently organised into 12 defence holdings and five holdings for civil industries. Rostec has a presence in 60 of Russia’s regions, and exports its products to 70 countries. Rostec companies employ more than 900,000 people, or about 2% of Russia’s workforce. The company had net profit of RUB 45.6 billion in 2011, and paid RUB 100 billion into budgets of all levels. The company had net profit of RUB 45.6 billion in 2011, and paid RUB 100 billion into budgets of all levels. 

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