Russian Mi-28NM combat helicopter enters the era of drones

As we know, the Russian Mil Mi-28N combat helicopter had shown certain limitations during its engagement in Syria, which led the Russian authorities to negotiate with the manufacturer a major modernization phase of the aircraft. We now know more about the important developments made to the helicopter and its weapon system, as well as the evolution of the doctrine for the use of combat helicopters by the Russian armed forces. During an interview given to the Tass Agency by Vitaly Shcherbina, the chief designer of the Mil and Kamov design offices, the latter indeed provided many clarifications on this profound modernization relating to…

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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 "cruise missile" -ground that can carry up to 100km. 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 soon be ordered at nearly 114 copies to be delivered by the end of the decade. Originally, the single-seater Kamov Ka-50 and the two-seater Ka-52 were designed at the end of the Cold War to succeed the mythical Mil Mi-24 Hind, and were presented in…

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Modernization of Russian Ka52M attack helicopters takes shape

In May 2019, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced its intention to order 30 new Ka52 combat helicopters to be delivered by 2022, and to modernize 114 of the existing Ka52s to the M standard, based on feedback from the forces deployed in Syria. . But since then, nothing really seemed to materialize this announcement. But things are about to change, since according to the company Russian Helicopters, the Ministry of Defense should sign, during 2020, a global contract for the modernization of the Ka52M comparable to that which was signed for the modernization of the Mi28MN this year, and which unlocked the negotiations between the industrialist Mil…

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Import substitution in the Russian defense industry: challenges and achievements

The division of labor between the different republics of the Soviet Union, organized since the Stalin era, was intended to promote economic interdependence in order to consolidate a culturally and ethnically disparate political structure. With the breakup of the USSR and the massive deindustrialization of the 1990s, this interdependence did not completely disappear. Indeed, the military-industrial sector, mainly concentrated in the Slavic republics of the Union, continued to bind the former socialist republics. An emblematic example of this cooperation was the relationship between Ukrainian and Russian industries, especially in the fields of space, aviation and shipbuilding[efn_note]Владимир Воронов, “Импортозамещение для Рогозина”, on Рогозина, on Рогозина, on Рогозина. , ,…

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Russia will develop a new generation of helicopter "Hind"

The Mil MI-24 gunship, referred to as “Hind” in NATO terminology, was a symbol of Soviet military power during the Cold War. Built in more than 2500 units, exported to more than 60 countries, the aircraft has participated, over its evolutions and modernizations, in more than ten major conflicts, ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the Russian intervention. in South Ossetia. Unlike Western designs, which divided combat helicopters like the AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Cobra, Soviet engineers opted for the "GunShip" configuration, a heavily armed and armored helicopter capable of carrying up to 8 men simultaneously. In…

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More details on the future Chinese heavy helicopter

The Chinese aeronautical industry has greatly benefited from Western know-how over the past 30 years, especially in the field of helicopters, with the fruitful partnership between Eurocoptere (Airbus Helicopter), which will give birth to the entire range of modern helicopters in service in the Chinese armies. But with the growing polarization of international relations, China is now turning to another partner, Russia, to build its new heavy helicopter, especially since the know-how in this area of ​​the manufacturer Mil is well established. The new Chinese helicopter will therefore be of the 40 ton class, and will be able to carry a load of 15 tons at 600 km...

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