The Ka-52 Alligator is the two seat and more advanced version of the Ka-50 Hokum. In the 1980s it was designed
to conduct battlefield reconnaissance, provide target designation, support and co-ordinate group attack helicopter operations. One of the Ka-52´s special features is that it is equipped with two ejection seats, if the pilots activate them, the coaxial rotors are blown off; the Ka-50 Hokum, the Ka-52´s precursor was the first attack helicopter that was equipped with an ejection seat. Unlike in conventional attack helicopters, the pilots don´t sit behind each other, in the Ka-52 they are sitting side by side.
The Ka-52 Alligator was developed from the single seat Ka-50 Hokum. Because the two pilots are sitting side by side, the fuselage was widened. Even if the prototype had it´s first flight in 1997, production began on 29th October 2008. After that, the prototypes were equipped with other systems, for new testing. Currently production and testing until operational status of a single Ka-52 Alligator lasts for 9 months.
|Rotor diameter||14.5 m|
|Empty weight||7,700 kg|
|Loaded weight||10,400 kg|
|Max. takeoff weight||11,900 kg|
|Maximum speed||310 km/h|
|Service ceiling||5,500 m|
|Rate of climb||13.2 m/s|
|Engines||Two Klimov WK-2500|
|Power engines||2,700 horsepower each|