Russia to upgrade Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ attack helicopter considering Syrian experience

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MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ attack helicopters will be upgraded proceeding from the experience of their combat use in Syria, CEO of Russian Helicopters rotorcraft manufacturer Andrei Boginsky said on Monday.

“They [the upgrade requirements] have been formulated on the basis of the results in Syria. We are already working on the replacement of generators so that they can yield more power. The comprehensive works on Ka-52s and Mi-28s include modernizing optoelectronic systems, which is related to identifying and detecting targets,” the chief executive said.

The Russian Helicopters rotorcraft manufacturer already has a plan approved by Russia’s Defense Ministry on the upgrade of Ka-52 and Mi-28 gunships, he added.

The Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ reconnaissance/attack helicopter is designed to destroy tanks, armored and non-armored vehicles, manpower, rotorcraft and other enemy aircraft on the frontline and in the tactical depth, in any weather conditions and at any time.

The ‘Alligator’ is furnished with modern avionics while its coaxial rotor system and enhanced longitudinal control enable it to effectively maneuver and perform complex aerobatic operations.

Besides, the Ka-52 features the radio-electronic protection system and low signature devices that reduce, dissipate and distort the engines’ thermal trace. It also has active countermeasures capabilities.

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