|Faction||Russian Armed Forces|
|Type||Heavy Attack Helicopter|
|Top speed||~ 349 km/h|
|Service ceiling||5,000 m|
|Fuel capacity||1000 fuel units|
- Heavy gunship
|«||The Kamov Ka-52 Alligator (NATO reporting name: Hokum B) is a Russian made two-seat attack helicopter. It is designed to detect targets and redistribute the target information among combat helicopters.
The Ka-52 is equipped with dual-antenna radar and is armed with semi-rigid 30 mm Shipunow 2A42 cannon; and with 12 laser-guided Vikhr anti-tank missiles.
The Ka-52 is a two-seater version of the Ka-50. Like its Cold War-era predecessor, it is designed to be a multi-role all-weather attack helicopter that is capable of operating in both daytime and at night.
By default, the Ka-52 is armed with a 30 mm autocannon fixed to the right side of the fuselage and twin 80 mm rocket pods, along with wire-guided anti-tank guided missiles.
Unlike other attack helicopters, the Ka-52 does not have a nose-mounted turret and has all of its armament attached onto stub wings fitted to both sides of the fuselage.
The Ka-52's 2A42 30 mm cannon is pre-loaded with interchangeable belts of either 230-round high-explosive (HE) or 230-round armour-piercing (AP) shell "magazines" (up to 460 rounds in total).
The twin rocket pods on the other hand, each contain 20 HE rockets while the outermost pylon have Vikhr ATGMs carried on 6-round racks (for a combined total of 40 rockets and 12 missiles respectively).
One notable aspect of the Ka-52 are the Vikhr missiles that it carries on its stub wings. Though primarily intended for taking out tanks and other ground vehicles, because they are manually guided, beam-riding missiles, other helicopters and even low-flying jets can be targeted with them.
Assuming that the gunner maintains a steady aim until the missile connects with the target, the Ka-52 is more than capable of destroying other aircraft.
Manoeuvrability-wise, its agility is almost on par with that of the smaller AH-1Z, though it will have a little more difficulty maintaining its speed on sharp turns.
Like its Cold War-era predecessor, the Ka-50, the only real downside to the Ka-52 stems from its lack of a nose-mounted turret (the targeting pod can freely rotate in all directions). Whereas the gunner on other attack helicopters can engage targets independently from the aircraft's heading, the Ka-52's 30 mm cannon has a very restricted rotation arc.
This prevents the gunner from being able to attack a target that's right behind the helicopter for instance, and also forces the pilot to turn the entire aircraft around in order to return fire. This renders it somewhat vulnerable to anti-aircraft vehicles like the M6 Linebacker, which can simply hide amongst the ground clutter and wait for a Ka-52 to fly past, then ambush it from behind without fear of retaliation.
The Ka-52 has a maximum seating capacity of two for a crew that consists of the pilot and a gunner, who sit side-by-side in a tandem arrangement. It is unable to transport any passengers.
- Black: Pattern-less jet black paint scheme.
- Woodland: Standard two-tone dark green/olive woodland camouflage scheme.
The Ka-52 has a base armour value of 65.
The hull can withstand 65 points of damage.
The engine will be disabled if it takes more than 16.25 points of damage. A damaged engine will greatly reduce the Ka-52's speed.
The cockpit's flight instruments can only take 9.75 points of damage before failing.
The main rotors can only withstand 19.5 points of damage. Disabling either of them will prevent the pilot from being able to maintain the Ka-52's lift. At least 30% of damage is shared with the helicopter's main "health" pool.
NOTE: For specifics on the 2A42's munitions, see its related section listed here.
The gunner position controls the 2A42 autocannon and Vikhr 9K121 missiles, while the pilot maintains control of the S-8 rocket pods. For optics, the gunner can switch to a camera which can toggle between two zoom modes and switch between either a day or black/white-hot thermal vision modes:
The 2A42 30 mm autocannon has an effective firing range of 1,500 metres. It can switch between either HE or AP-type munitions but requires 10 seconds to finish reloading.
It can attain a variable fire rate depending on two modes:
- LOW: 300 rounds per minute
- HIGH: 600 rounds per minute
Both modes have identical dispersion values of 0.0005 rad regardless of distance. Rounds are always fired in bursts of 5 no matter the selected mode (unless the 2A42 is out of ammunition).
|Damage type||Base damage value||Maximum speed (m/s)|
Infrared-guided anti-tank missiles. Can be optionally guided manually via SACLOS up to a maximum distance of 8,000 metres.
Missiles are soft launched and take a further 4 seconds after launch to reach a top speed of 600 m/s in mid-flight. There is always an imposed delay of 1 second in-between launches. The warheads have a blast radius of 2 metres.
|Damage type||Base damage value||Maximum speed (m/s)|
Unguided air-to-ground rockets. Strong against infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured vehicles.
Rockets are always fired in pairs. The pods have a firing delay of 0.08 seconds in-between volleys (750 RPM) and are launched with an initial velocity of 44 m/s. They take a further 1.1 seconds to reach a top speed of 470 m/s in mid-flight.
The warheads are high-explosive (HE) based and have a blast radius of 5 metres.
The Ka-52 has an integrated Missile Approach Warning System and will warn the pilot of incoming missiles already in mid-flight.
The Ka-52 has a Radar Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked-onto by radar-based targeting systems.
The Ka-52 does not have an Infrared Warning Receiver and cannot warn the pilot of being targeted by infrared-based weapon systems.
- The Ka-52 was one of the few helicopters from the initial release version of ArmA 2 that was "upgraded" with the ability to use countermeasure flares (as part of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack). However, the gunner's terminal was not given the option to toggle a black/white-hot thermal optic mode.
- Thermal vision for the gunner's camera was finally enabled following the release of the Community Configuration Project updates. However, it is exclusively available to the Steam version only and cannot be utilised without patching non-Steam versions of ArmA 2 manually.
- Control of the rocket pods were also transferred to the pilot's control following the update's release, making the gunner handle the 2A42/Vikhr ATGMs exclusively.
- Its 30 mm cannon is slightly bugged and cannot lock onto enemy helicopters like other autocannons are able to. This bug remains unpatched even with the latest Steam versions of the game.
Aircraft of comparable role and configuration
- Mi-24 (Alternate Russian Armed Forces counterpart)
- AH-64D (U.S. Army/Heavy USMC counterpart)
- Ka-50 (Soviet predecessor, ArmA: CWA only)
- Mi-48 Kajman (Mediterranean CSAT/Russian Spetsnaz successor, ArmA 3 only)
|Russian Armed Forces - Vehicles (ArmA 2)|
|Wheeled||BTR-90 • BM-21 Grad • Kamaz • Vodnik • UAZ-469|
|Tracked||2S6M Tunguska • BMP-3 • T-72 • T-90|
|Rotor-wing||Ka-52 • Mi-8MTV-3 (Mi-8MT) • Mi-24P|
|Fixed-wing||Pchela-1T • Su-39 • Su-34|
|(Parenthesis) denote variants.|