Technical data
Type Ka-50
Function attack
Crew 1
Engines 2*1660kW Isotov TVZ-117VK
Speed 310km/h
Ceiling 4000m
Armament 1*g30mm
various external

Ka-50 "Black Shark", N.I.Kamov "Hokum"

All three shots (100k, 32k, 70k) from FTP server in Finland; Some seems to belong to photographer Michael Klaver (Flattop Page)

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.

Ka-50 page and excellent Ka-50 Story by Vadim Krivosheyev 'Watson';
(58k) photo by Paul Nann shows Ka-50 close in flight at Moscow Aero-Cosmic Show 1995;

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.

  • "Russia's Top Guns" p.26;
  • How the Black Shark was created
  • Ka-50 'Black Shark'
  • Kamov company: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • MAKS-97 overview
  • Ka-50 - Hard To Beat article at Watson's Military Page;
  • Ka-50 Page by Veniamin Kasyanikov, at Yanko's Russian Weapons Catalog;
  • Huh, this fella collected all Hokum pictures ever seen on the WEB!
  • Ka-50
  • all about aircraft: helicopters: Kamov 50 & 52
  • Ka-50 presented by Rodney Kimber;
  • Ka-50 at Evgeni's Red Star Combat Aircraft Page
  • Ka-50 Hokum;
  • Ka-50, Kamov 'Hokum'
  • Ka-50 at Virtual Aircraft Museum
  • Ka-50 Hokum
  • Ka-50N and Ka-52 are coming...;
  • More from same Web Site;

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    Modified January 25, 1996 Back to
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