Kamow / Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark

Combat Helicopter

Kamow / Kamov Ka-50 © Mike Vallentin
Photo ©: Mike Vallentin
The Kamov Ka-50 is a twin-engined single-seat combat helicopter with coaxial rotors developed by the Soviet Design Bureau OKB Kamov (OKB-2), today Kamov JSC, Russia, produced by Arsenyev Aviation Company PROGRESS, JSC.
The Ka-50 is equipped with an ejection seat for the pilot.
Crew1
Propulsion2 Turboshaft Engines
Engine ModelKlimov TW3-117VMA / TV3-117VMA
Engine Power (each)1638 kW2197 shp
Speed341 km/h184 kts
  212 mph
Service Ceiling5.486 m18.000 ft
Range459 km248 NM
285 mi.
Empty Weight7.692 kg16.958 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight10.800 kg23.810 lbs
Rotor Blades (main/tail)3/3
Main Rotor Diameter14,50 m47 ft 7 in
Rotor Disc Area165,1 m1777 ft
Length (Fuselage)13,50 m44 ft 3 in
Length16,00 m52 ft 6 in
Height5,40 m17 ft 9 in
First Flight1984
Production Statusin production
ICAO CodeKA50
NATO CodeHokum
Data for (Version)Kamov / Kamow Ka-50