On December 4, 2022, it is reported that a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile struck a Russian military Ka-52 helicopter in eastern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian army’s Dneprovsk anti-aircraft missile brigade fired a missile that struck the Ka-52 helicopter. The Ka-52 helicopter crashed to the ground after being hit by a missile; the pilot did not open the parachute, and the crew’s condition is unclear. Regarding the information presented by Ukrainian media, the Russian side has not responded.
One of the main Russian airborne weapons in the conflict in Ukraine is the Ka-52 helicopter. Ka-52 heavy attack helicopters flew into Ukraine from both Belarus and Russia. Despite some losses, the Ka-52 is still considered to be a potent weapon on the Ukrainian battlefield today.
The Ka-52 is a two-seat attack helicopter that was created by the Soviet Union in the early 1980s and later improved and used by Russia. The Ka-52 lacks a tail rotor and has a coaxial propeller arrangement with two sets of propellers rotating in opposition to one another. The Ka-52 can undertake exceptionally flexible manoeuvres, on par with flat-wing aircraft, thanks to the distinctive design of the Kamov helicopter.
A powerful offensive “beast” based on the best practises of the former Soviet design school and nevertheless upholding modern standards was produced by general designer Mikheev. Both large and tiny machine-gun and mechanical artillery projectiles are effectively deflected away from the fuselage. The unique design in the world, the Ka-52 Alligator has two K-37-800M emergency ejection seats for the pilots. Samshit’s infrared day-night reconnaissance device can “see” in dimly illuminated areas.
Pilots can monitor and “lock” the target on the screen using the Samshit system, which also has a laser rangefinder and an infrared sight. The 2,400 horsepower VK-2500 engines power the Ka-52 Alligator, allowing it to travel at a top speed of 300 km/h and operate at a roughly 5,500 m altitude. The Ka-52 Alligator has a unique design that allows it to take off and land in sweltering heat or blizzard conditions on any surface, even mountains.
When performing reconnaissance, the Ka-52 Alligator flies ahead of the formation, utilises radar to find targets, and sends information to forces on the ground and in the air so they may shoot and destroy them. The Ka-52 is outfitted with a variety of weapons, including an air-to-air missile system, six weapon mounts mounted on the wings, and a 30mm automatic cannon mounted in the nose.
The Ka-52 is outfitted with the armaments necessary to destroy armoured vehicles, small boats, and tanks. The Ka-52s are expensive per unit due to their great performance, ability to operate in all types of weather, superior bulletproof armour, and sophisticated electrical equipment. At this time, they are valued at 16.2 million USD.