The Russian Ka-52 is the two-seat modification of the Ka-50 Black Shark, with the continued feature of shock-absorbant ejector seats.  The powerplants are also upgraded versions of the Ka-50's Motor Sich TV3-117VMA turboshafts.  The Ka-52 Alligator is equipped with a 30 mm 2A42-1 aircraft gun and may be fitted with a Strelets missile system, guided missiles (Ataka and Vikhr-1), and S-8 unguided missiles.


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: 2

Crew seating: Side-by-side

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

Cruise Speed: 250 km/h

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:  
Useful Load:  
Empty Weight Fraction:  
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb: 8 m/s 1,575 fpm
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Max Level Flight Speed: 310 km/h 167 kts
Never Exceed Speed: 300 km/h 162 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 VK-2500PS-03 turbine
Manufacturer: Motor Sich
Normal Ratings
Max continuous: 1305 kW 1749 hp
Take-off / rated: 1790 kW 2399 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency: 2013 kW 2699 hp
OEI continuous: 1305 kW 1749 hp
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

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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