A pair of Russian Kamom Ka-52 Alligators (Image © Russian Helicopters)

Russia: 16 new Alligators this year

This year, the Russian military is scheduled to receive 16 additional Kamov Ka-52 Alligators attack helicopters, Russian deputy defense minister Yury Borisov said on Monday 23 March when visiting the Kamov factory.

The first of the newly produced helicopters should be delivered in April, with more following throughout the rest of the year. The Ka-52 entered service with the Russian military in 2011, well over a decade since its first flight in June 1997. Serial production began in 2008.

It’s two VK-2500 turboshaft engines allow the helicopter to operate at altitudes above 5,000 meters. It has a static ceiling of 4,000m, and is able to take off and land in hot climates and in high mountainous terrain. The helo is in use in Russia for close air support, but also sees use in the navalized Ka-52K variant.

The 16 new helicopters are part of a much larger order from Moscow. A contract for the delivery of a total of 146 KA-52s is to be completed in 2020. It is part a Russian rearmament program with an estimated worth of about 325 billion USD.

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