The Ka-50 Chernaya Akula ('Black Shark') is a single-seat combat helicopter; it is equipped with a 30 mm gun and antitank missiles with laser guidance.  The maximum weight of consumable combat load is 1811 kg.  The Ka-50 is the first usable helicopter in the world to be equipped with an ejection system for the pilot.

NATO Designation of the aircraft is Hokum.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Kamov Design Bureau

Primary manufacturer: Kamov

Parent type: Kamov Ka-50

Aircraft status: Operational


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Coaxial (x2)

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Single seater

Landing gear: Wheels (all retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 4.93 m 16.2 ft
Overall Length: 16.00 m 52.5 ft
Overall Width: 14.50 m 47.6 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 14.20 m 46.6 ft
Airframe Width: 7.30 m 24.0 ft
Airframe Height: 4.93 m 16.2 ft
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track:  
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height:  
Cabin Internal Length:  
Cabin Internal Width:  

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics


Max Gross Weight (ground): 10,800 kg 23,810 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 10,800 kg 23,810 lb
Empty Weight: 7,692 kg 16,958 lb
Useful Load: 3,108 kg 6,852 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.712
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb: 10 m/s 1,969 fpm
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE: 4,000 m 13,123 ft
Max Level Flight Speed: 315 km/h 170 kts
Never Exceed Speed: 350 km/h 189 kts
Service Ceiling: 5,500 m 18,045 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 520 km 281 nm
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 2
Designation: Motor Sich TV3-117VMA turbine
Manufacturer: Motor Sich
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 1640 kW 2198 hp
Intermediate: 1618 kW 2169 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency: 1765 kW 2366 hp
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate: 1618 kW 2169 hp

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 14.50 m 47.57 ft
Direction of Rotation: Counter-rotating
Hub Type: Coaxial
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: Polymer
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry: Swept
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 3
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 165.13 m² 1777.5 ft²
Disc Loading: 32.70 kg/m² 6.698 lb/ft²
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade:  
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades:  
Blade Construction: N/A
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area:  
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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