|Engines||2*1660kW Isotov TVZ-117VK|
Attack helicopter, a single-seater with N.I.Kamov's familiar contra-rotating rotors. Existence of the Ka-50 was denied as late as 1990; but recently every attempt has made to sell it to foreign customers.
There are widely used nicknames: the nasty name of "Werewolf" and more 'romantic' "Black Shark". Both are often used to designate all the Ka-50 type, but actually belong to two helicopters demonstrated on International Airshows.
The Ka-50 is a good performer, but it is thought that the single-seat layout imposes a very high workload on the pilot. Recently Russian command considers joint operation of Ka-50 strike helicopters and command/aiming 'leaders' like Ka-52 two-seater and/or Ka-29 assault/transport.
|Modified January 25, 1996||Back to|