Russian Helicopters subsidiary Progress Arsenyev Aviation has produced the first Ka-52 Alligator for this year.
The new reconnaissance and combat helicopter passed all the required ground and flight tests.
The first batch of Alligators has been transferred to the Russian Ministry of Defense ahead of schedule in December of last year, with plans to transfer another batch of Ka-52 helicopters to their operators in February this year.
Russian Helicopters sales deputy CEO Vladislav Savelyev said: "We took all necessary organisational and technological steps at Progress to expand production in view of the forthcoming volume increase.
“Today, the plant is ready to produce world-class Ka-52 helicopters in a timely manner, for the Ministry of Defense, as well as for foreign customers.”
The rotorcraft bodies of the new helicopters are at their final assembly point at Arsenyev. Production of these helicopters will be more than doubled this year.
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In addition, the first prototype for a foreign customer has already been assembled and is successfully passing all tests as planned.
The Ka-52 Alligator is an all-weather attack helicopter that can destroy enemy armoured and unarmoured ground targets, low-speed aerial targets and personnel at the frontline and in tactical depth.
This 16m-long helicopter has a wider nose and an extended fuselage due to its twin-seat cockpit.
The helicopter, with a maximum take-off weight is 10,800kg, can be armed with VIKHR anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), ATAKA missiles with laser guidance system and B8V-20 rocket launchers for 80mm unguided S-8 rockets.
Image: Kamov Ka-52 Alligator. Photo: courtesy of Vlsergey.