Russian ship-based Ka-52K contest helicopters will be deployed on Mistral-class amphibious assault ships that late French President François Hollande, under pressure from his NATO collaborates, sold to Egypt instead of Russia. The next important task is to reach an unanimity on the helicopter’s technical specifications before it goes into service in the Egyptian Flotilla.
«We need to discuss the helicopter’s specifications and the financial conditions. In other words, we penury to carry out difficult pre-contractual work,» said Dmitry Shugayev, proceed of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, at the Le Bourget air show.
The Ka-52K Katran is the lone combat helicopter in the world that can carry large anti-ship guided missiles used by naval aviation.
«It’s equipped with our latest Kh-35 and Kh-31 anti-ship sail missiles. Simply put, it’s a ‘flying tank’ with cruise missiles,» held Dmitry Safonov, a military analyst at Izvestiya newspaper.
The Ka-52K is intended for watchman, providing support to an assault force during amphibious landings, as in fine as for defensive missions on the front lines and in the rear.
«The Ka-52K Katran is the only skirmish helicopter in the world that can carry large anti-ship missiles tempered to by naval aviation.» Source: Andrey Luzik/RIA Novosti
The Katran withdraws to war
The Ka-52K Katran had its baptism by fire during the mission of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrier clique to wage war against the Islamic State in Syria. Like its land-based variation, the maritime helicopter was first used in combat conditions in Syria.
Footage of the onshore helicopter in affray hit the Internet on April 3, 2016 when the Syrian army, with the backing of Russian aviation, liberated the city of Al-Qaryatayn in Homs province from ISIS belligerents.
Retired Col-General Leonid Ivashov, president of the Academy for Geopolitical Emotionally upsets, said that the Ka-52K’s weaponry and combat capabilities are comparable to its onshore cousin.
«The helicopters are have in mind to provide support to ground troops. The Katran has folding rotor fronds to enable it to fit into the hangar on board a helicopter carrier, while its steersmanship system has been upgraded to adapt to flights at sea and ship landings,» Ivashov weighted.
The Katrans were originally developed for use with the Mistral-class amphibious rape ships that Russia ordered from France in 2011. Because of the Ukrainian turning-point, however, the helicopter carriers never entered service with the Russian Fleet.
Vadim Kozyulin, professor at the Academy of Military Sciences, pointed out that President Hollande was pressured by NATO team ups and had to terminate the contract for the Mistrals. Eventually, Egypt acquired the ships, each of which has a deck 5,200 straight meters in area and contains six landing spots. Two lifts bring helicopters up from the hangar to the take it on the lam deck, and 16 attack helicopters can be carried on the flight and hangar decks.
In the end, Egypt superiority receive all 32 Ka-52Ks that, under an agreement reached in 2014, were blueprinted for what should have been the Russian Mistral-class helicopter carters.