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Ka-52
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Russian Armed Forces
Type Heavy Attack Helicopter
Seats 2 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Gunner
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
  • 1× Backpack
Top speed ~ 349 km/h
Service ceiling 5,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× 2A42 30 mm
  • 12× Vikhr 9K121 ATGM
  • 2× S-8 Rocket Pods
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 120× Countermeasures (Chaff/Flare)
Variants None
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The Ka-52 is a heavy attack helicopter used exclusively by the Russian Armed Forces in ArmA 2.

Overview

  • Role:
    • 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.
Armoury Description
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Design

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.

Armament
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).

Features
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.

A Ka-52 firing off a salvo of rockets, an unpleasant sight for any ground vehicle crewman.

Mobility
The Ka-52 is extremely fast for a helicopter of its size, and can easily outpace both the American AH-64D and the Russian military's own Mi-24.

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.

Drawbacks
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.

Crew Capacity
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.

Camouflage

  • Black: Pattern-less jet black paint scheme.
  • Woodland: Standard two-tone dark green/olive woodland camouflage scheme.

Protection

The Ka-52 has a base armour value of 65.

Hull

The hull can withstand 65 points of damage.

Engine

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.

Instruments

The cockpit's flight instruments can only take 9.75 points of damage before failing.

Main rotors

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.

Armament

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:

2A42

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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).

Vikhr 9K121

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 800 600

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.

S-8

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 210 610

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.

Avionics

MAWS

The Ka-52 has an integrated Missile Approach Warning System and will warn the pilot of incoming missiles already in mid-flight.

RWR

The Ka-52 has a Radar Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked-onto by radar-based targeting systems.

IWR

The Ka-52 does not have an Infrared Warning Receiver and cannot warn the pilot of being targeted by infrared-based weapon systems.

Trivia

  • 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.

Gallery

External links

See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration

Vehicles of ArmA 2
Wheeled 9P117 SCUD-BATVBRDM-2* • BTR-40BTR-60BTR-90BM-21 Grad* • BusCarDingo 2 CZHatchbackHMMWV* • GAZJackal 2 MWMIKKamazLada* • LAV-25Military OffroadMotorcycle* (Old moto) • Mountain bike (Old bike) • MTVR* • Offroad* • Pandur II 8x8 CZPickup* • RM-70S1203SedanStryker (MGS) • SUV (Armored SUV) • T810TractorTouring CarTowing TractorUAZ-469* • Ural* • V3S* • Vodnik
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaAAVP-7A1BMP-2BMP-3BVP-1FV510 WarriorM1 Abrams* (M1A2 TUSK*) • M113M2 BradleyM270 MLRS* • T-34* • T-55T-72* (T-72M4 CZ) • T-90ZSU-23-4*
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-11 WildcatAH-64D* (AH-1) • CH-47F Chinook (Chinook HC4) • Ka-52Ka-60Ka-137Merlin HC3MH-6J Little BirdMi-8MTV-3* (Mi-17*) • Mi-24P (Mi-24D*, Mi-24V*) • UH-1Y (UH-1H) • UH-60 Black Hawk (MH-60S)
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt II* • An-2AV-8B HarrierC-130J Hercules* • F-35 Lightning IIL-159 ALCAL-39ZA (L-39C) • MQ-9 Reaper* • MV-22 OspreyPchela-1TSu-39 (Su-25*) • Su-34
Aquatic CRRCFishing BoatPBXRHIBSmall Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-russianarmedforces.png Russian Armed Forces - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled BTR-90BM-21 GradKamazVodnikUAZ-469
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaBMP-3T-72T-90
Rotor-wing Ka-52Mi-8MTV-3 (Mi-8MT) • Mi-24P
Fixed-wing Pchela-1TSu-39Su-34
Aquatic PBX
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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