Russian Ka-52M Alligator helicopter could receive light "cruise missiles"

According to the Russian press, citing sources from the military-industrial complex, the modernization program for the Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter, the Ka-52M, could include the integration of an air-to-ground “cruise missile” capable of carrying up to 100 km. The information is surprising, but nevertheless sheds light on the intentions of the Russian army vis-à-vis this new variant of the Ka-52, which could be ordered soon in nearly 114 units to be delivered by the end. of the decade.

Originally, the Kamov Ka-50 single-seater and the Ka-52 two-seater were imagined at the end of the Cold War to succeed the mythical Mil Mi-24 Hind, and were presented in competition with the Mil Mi-28N Havoc . Over the years, the Russian armies ended up not opting for a single successor: the Mi-24 was modernized into the Mi-35 and the Russian armed forces received both the Mi-28N and the two-seat Ka-52. , of which 146 aircraft were ordered in 2011.

The Ka-52M is expected to come with fully modernized sensors, a new electronic warfare suite, and new air-to-surface and air-to-air weaponry, including long-range missiles.

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