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   Ka-52 are going to receive Izdelie 305/LMUR long range ATGM



   The upgraded Ka-52M combat helicopter, armed with the new “Product 305” long-range missile, is due to complete state trials by October 2022, according to materials posted on the government procurement website.

   “Participation in the state joint trials of Ka-52M helicopters in terms of modernization. Refinement of helicopters according to the results of the SJT. Deadlines: beginning - December 1, 2020, ending - September 30, 2022, ” TASS reports the text of the documents.


   During the modernization, the Ka-52 will receive a new long-range missile “Product 305”, which was previously armed with the Mi-28NM attack helicopter. The materials of public procurement indicate that the new machine will receive a unit for interfacing with this missile, a launcher for it, and a command radio line for using new missile.


   In addition, the helicopter will be equipped with a new round-the-clock sighting system, new on-board communications and data exchange systems, a new fire control system, new satellite navigation system and others.
   According to the materials, the first two helicopters will be created before the end of November this year by re-equipment and refinement of existing machines. The transfer of gunships for flight testing should take place before May 31, 2021.





KA-52M helicopter makes first flight


   In AAK "Progress" of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation), the first flight of a prototype of the newest modernized Ka-52 helicopter took place.


   The new Ka-52M helicopter is equipped with an upgraded optoelectronic system with an increased target detection and recognition range, a new digital drive, which will improve the aiming accuracy when firing a cannon. The upgraded Ka-52 also received a new radar complex with an active phased antenna array and a guided missile with an increased range.

   The Ka-52M main rotor blades are equipped with a more powerful heating element, which will allow the helicopter to operate in the entire temperature range, including Arctic conditions. The helicopter is equipped with landing gear wheels with higher bearing capacity and wear resistance, as well as lighting equipment based on LEDs. The modernized Alligator also has a new cockpit interior, which will ensure the fulfillment of modern ergonomic requirements, including when piloting in the dark with night vision goggles.


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Best use of a Chinook.   .....x2 105mm Howitzers.      

Probably seen this on other threads but here is one I took of a 58C. 


   The Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation), within the framework of the Army-2020 International Military-Technical Forum, has presented a new-shaped all-composite helicopter blade that will increase the maximum speed of the Mi-28 and Mi-35 combat helicopters


   During the tests, the flying laboratory based on the Mi-24 helicopter, equipped with a set of new blades, reached a speed of more than 400 km/h without making circuit changes to the helicopter design. At the same time, we managed to maintain a low level of vibrations and loads, which indicates a high potential of this development ", - said the general director of the holding" Russian Helicopters "Andrey Boginsky.

   Currently, the blades with a new profile are undergoing factory flight tests on a Mi-28N helicopter.







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   Photo related to Aviation day.



   Mi-28UB preparing for flight. Some cockpit pics as well.
















   Vikhr-1 ATGM (somewhat recently their production was restarted) test launch from Ka-52.






















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   The United Engine Corporation (UEC) of Rostec State Corporation has completed bench tests of the VK-2500P engine, which will be installed on the latest Mi-28NM attack helicopter. The power plant fully complies with the declared characteristics and is ready for mass production.


   The VK-2500P helicopter engine is the most advanced modification of the VK-2500 engine, which is installed on many machines of the Mi and Ka families and has improved characteristics. The power plant has a modernized automatic control system and a protective system that restores the normal operation of the engine when it stops, when powder and exhaust gases get in and when surge occurs. The modernization of the engine was carried out taking into account the experience of using the machine in Syria.


   “The engine implements solutions that allow to control the resource characteristics depending on specific operating conditions. In terms of its technical capabilities and performance, VK-2500P meets the most modern requirements for helicopter engines. Currently, we have already started assembling the first serial samples,” said the executive director of JSC UEC-Klimov (UEC, part of Rostec) Alexander Vatagin. The ceremonial presentation of the act of state bench tests took place in St. Petersburg with the participation of members of the city government, representatives of the UEC-Klimov State Corporation Rostec, the state commission of the Ministry of Defense for bench tests of the VK-2500P engine. The Mi-28NM is manufactured by the Russian Helicopters holding company, which is part of Rostec. The modernized "Night Hunter" is a combat complex, in the development of which the experience of using helicopters in real operations was taken into account. The helicopter is capable of performing a wide range of tasks - from aerial reconnaissance and target designation to the destruction of ground and air targets.


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LOM Prague will conduct another and quite large modernisation of all 15 Mi-171Š of Czech air force (they were already modernised step by step before, mainly in terms of NATO equipment). These helicopters are from 2006-2007 when they were delivered from Russia as a payment for the interstate debt. They will serve at least till 2035. The helicopters will receive new navigation systems, transponders, cockpit displays, communication equipment and some more modifications for better EW resistance etc. Three helicopters will receive lighter ballistic pannels and one will receive new MEDEVAC equipment. 



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