version of Ka-52K Helicopter with advanced radar and antiship missiles
for Russian Mistrals
landing ships could see their power projection capabilities
greatly improved thanks to a special version of the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator
attack helicopter. The Russian Navy is designing a special version called
"Ka-52K" to equip the four Mistral-class amphibious assault
ships ordered from France.
The Ka-52K is a navalised version of the ground-based Ka-52 Alligator
combat helicopter operated by the Russian Air Force.
Ka-52K Helicotper model (naval version of Ka-52 Alligator) shown at
IMDS 2011. Notice the folding rotor and wings.
(Pictures: Vitaly Kuzmin)
The special "navalized" version of the
helicotper will be specially equipped to conduct attack missions against
targets at sea and on the ground which requires different sensors and
armaments than those used on the basic Ka-52 helicopter.
The major difference will be the radar: A modified version of the Mig-35
fighter's Zhuk-A phased array radar is currently being developped to
fit into the Ka-52K nose cone. This will be a major step forward compared
to the base Ka-52 helicopter as the AESA radar Zhuk-A is among the most
advanced radars to date in Russia. The radar is stated to provide a
detection range of 130 km for a head on target with up to 30 targets
tracked and 6 of those engaged at any one time.
Ka-52K will also feature folding rotor blades, folding wings and anti-corrosion
treatment to fuselage and systems which is a necessity for any helicopter
set to operate from a ship.
Another significant improvement for the Ka-52K over the Ka-52 is the
reported possibility to launch Kh-31 (AS-17 'Krypton') and Kh-35 (AS-20
'Kayak') anti-ship missiles.