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The Ka-50 is a Russian single-seat military helicopter, designed as a gunship. It features the usual load of weapons in external hard-points, with the wing stores able to carry 2,300 kg. It has contra-rotating co-axial rotors which remove the need for a tail-rotor and apparently make the craft fully aerobatic.


Kamov KA-50 helicopter.
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It was designed by the Kamov company starting in the 1980s and adopted for service in the Russian army[?] in 1995. It is manufactured by the Progress company[?] of Arseniev[?]. Its NATO reporting name is Hokum A, and it is sometimes called the "Black Shark" or "Werewolf".

There is also a twin seat version designated Ka-52[?] or "Alligator" .

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