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    PapaDragon

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    Re: Ka-52 in Russian Air Force

    Post  PapaDragon on Fri May 04, 2018 6:18 pm

    Isos wrote:
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    Ka-50 are used as spec-ops support, they are stationed near Moscow

    Makes sense, it would be a waste to decommission them but since there are only handful of them they are kept close to maintenance centers in support role

    It's weired that they didn't send one of them in Syria to compare with the ka-52. Maybe the single seat is enough and the two seat wasn't needed.

    They determined long ago that two seater is superior (Chechnia)

    And operating single seater efficiently is not really easy, you need top tier pilots for those
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    Re: Ka-52 in Russian Air Force

    Post  Isos on Fri May 04, 2018 7:24 pm

    PapaDragon wrote:
    Isos wrote:
    PapaDragon wrote:
    Ka-50 are used as spec-ops support, they are stationed near Moscow

    Makes sense, it would be a waste to decommission them but since there are only handful of them they are kept close to maintenance centers in support role

    It's weired that they didn't send one of them in Syria to compare with the ka-52. Maybe the single seat is enough and the two seat wasn't needed.

    They determined long ago that two seater is superior (Chechnia)

    And operating single seater efficiently is not really easy, you need top tier pilots for those

    Counter terrorist operations are harder than ordinary military operations. Targets are easier to find when they are big green tanks.

    If you spot a group of tanks it's easier to attack them than attack poeple with ak-47 in a city.

    In syria isis had a lot of vehicles so the they could have trained against them the single seat version. Hiting them from 10 km doesn't recquire two guys.
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    Re: Ka-52 in Russian Air Force

    Post  GarryB on Sat May 05, 2018 10:16 am

    The original justification for the single seat design was that an A-10 or Su-25 pilot can fly and hunt targets on a battlefield, and flight in the Ka-50 is rather simple with no tail rotor, and the expensive and complicated Shkval targeting system making engaging enemy fairly straight forward.

    The problem is that flying at night and in bad weather is actually a full time job when you are flying that low... so an additional crewman to operate weapons is useful... because attack helos are safer and often more effective at night.
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    Re: Ka-52 in Russian Air Force

    Post  George1 on Tue May 08, 2018 12:37 am

    The total number of Ka-52s will be 260 vehicles by 2027, which will make them the main attack helicopters of all the armed forces, said a source close to the leadership of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3191149.html

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