The Ka-52 is a twin-seat derivative of the Ka-50 Hokum-A attack helicopter, and is designed primarily for reconnaissance and target designation purposes. (Image gallery)
"We have concluded state procurement contracts on the production of Ka-52 helicopters. The helicopter, equipped with an on-board radar, is undergoing final tests at present," the Kommersant newspaper quoted Roman Chernyshov, the Kamov executive director, as saying.
The Kamov design bureau is planning to supply Ka-50 and Ka-52 helicopters to foreign customers in the future, the official said.
According to Russian Air Force Commander, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, the Air Force will receive over 100 new combat helicopters, including the Ka-52 and the Mi-28N Night Hunter, over a period of five years, from 2011 until 2015.
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The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.