Flying Tank Ka-52 Upgraded After Syrian Campaign

Rubric: Russia, World, Industry

Attack helicopter Ka-52 modernized after combat experience in Syria was for the first time presented at the Army-2019 military forum. This showpiece did attend the Russian Airspace Force operations in that country. Mil.Press found out which parameters were improved and what trends exist in the present-day helicopter industry.

"This helicopter has advanced sighting system, increased target detection and identification range", said an anonymous expert. "Onboard software is optimized, which improves the efficiency of crew work in terms of reduction of decision-making time in certain operations. The upgrade has touched endurance as well, now the helicopter can operate 14 days off the base without maintenance. Only refueling and ammo replenishment is needed".


According to the interviewee, combat helicopters undergo permanent modernization. Allied companies design new equipment, new weapons, and engineers apply every innovation to available copters.

One of the key areas of continuous researches relates to the deadweight reduction, allowing for larger payload and longer operational radius. This problem, in particular, is resolved by wider use of composite materials. For instance, modern Ka-52 copters are over 50 percent made of composites. Another promising area for upgrade is connected to the communication system, particularly, in terms of electronic warfare resistance.

The Fifth International Military & Technical Forum Army-2019 takes place in June 25-30 at Patriot Congress & Expo Center, at Alabino Range and Kubinka Airbase. The forum is open for experts in June 26-27, and for mass visitors in June 28-30.

As a priority partner of the exhibition, Mil.Press publishes overviews of the novelties and business events in the section Army Forum.