The first flight of a prototype of the modernized Ka-52M helicopter
As reported on August 10, 2020 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, in Arsenyev (Primorskaya Krai), in JSC "AAK" Progress "named after N.I. Sazykin ”of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of Rostec State Corporation), the first flight of a prototype of the newest modernized Ka-52M helicopter took place. This machine will use all the best technical solutions previously tested on helicopters produced both under the State Defense Order and for export. Combat helicopter Ka-52 (c) official photo of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, apparently not directly related to the release
“Large-scale reconstruction and technical re-equipment of production within the framework of the federal target program allowed us to significantly expand the technological capabilities of AAK Progress and start producing more advanced and reliable military equipment - modernized Ka-52 helicopters in the interests of the Russian armed forces. The enterprise has created new production facilities, eliminated bottlenecks, replaced worn-out equipment, expanded the range and reduced the labor intensity of manufacturing products. Thanks to the achieved increase in production efficiency, labor productivity and the quality of products, the enterprise has reached a new level today, ”said Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
The new Ka-52M helicopter has an upgraded optoelectronic system with an increased target detection and recognition range, a new digital drive, which will improve the aiming accuracy when firing a cannon. The upgraded Ka-52 also received a new radar complex with an active phased antenna array and a guided missile with an increased range.
The Ka-52M main rotor blades are equipped with a more powerful heating element, which will allow the helicopter to operate over the entire temperature range, including Arctic conditions. The helicopter is equipped with landing gear wheels with higher bearing capacity and wear resistance, as well as lighting equipment based on LEDs. The modernized Alligator also has a new cockpit interior, which will ensure the fulfillment of modern ergonomic requirements, including when piloting in the dark with night vision goggles.
“On behalf of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, last year we started development work on the modernization of the Ka-52 helicopter, taking into account the experience of its combat use, which today made it possible to create a new machine with improved characteristics and expanded combat capabilities. The missile armament of the Ka-52M is unified with the armament of another newest helicopter, the Mi-28NM, which has made it possible to significantly increase the target engagement range, "said Russian Helicopters General Director Andrei Boginsky.
Flight tests of the Ka-52M will be carried out by specialists from the developer - JSC NCV Mil and Kamov, together with specialists from AAK Progress. Part of the test stages will be carried out on the territory of the manufacturer, and then the machines will be transferred to the developer. At the end of the preliminary acceptance tests, state joint tests will begin.
On the part of bmpd, we recall that in June 2020, the Mil and Kamov National Center for Helicopter Engineering (NCV Mil and Kamov of the Russian Helicopters holding) entered into an agreement with AAC Progress JSC named after N.I. Sazykin ”for the amount of about 153.5 million rubles for the manufacture and testing of two prototypes of the modernized Ka-52M helicopters based on the serial Ka-52 helicopters.
According to the procurement documentation, the revision of the Ka-52 helicopters to the Ka-52M level includes, among other things, the installation of new on-board systems: navigation, sighting, fire control systems and a communications complex, as well as interfacing with a new cruise missile - "product 305" ...
Refinement of two serial helicopters into the modernized appearance of the Ka-52M should be completed by the end of 2020, after which preliminary flight and state joint tests (GSI) of the Ka-52M should be carried out by the end of September 2022.
Earlier in May 2019, Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko announced plans to conclude a contract in 2020 for the purchase of 114 modernized Ka-52M Alligator helicopters.