posted on Nov, 1 2018 @ 09:51 AM
I realize helicopters don't get the love around ATS that fastmovers and stealthy birds do. And I also realize that if its not American, most folks
tend to dismiss it as 'junk' or a 'rip off' or the like. However, with the price of oil rising again, the Russians will start to be able to to
afford their new toys once more. One of the projects that has been started is the replacement for the current Russian attack helicopters. Russian
Helicopters, the parent company of Kamov and Mil, has been tasked with developing a new attack helicopter for Russia to replace the KA-50/52 and the
Mi-28 Havoc. They are currently in the design stage, but a recent briefing to whom or why 'leaked' and images of the replacement being designed by
Kamov are out and about. The project is called 'SBV.'
Take a look:
Note, the dual rotors and the intent is to go far, far faster than the current Russian helicopters. The canards, wings, intakes, etc all scream high
speed. How much of this is marketing and how much real, IDK.
The internal weapons bay is interesting as it basically covers the entire bottom of the vtol. This is supposedly part of the aircraft's shift to
being stealthy: yes, really, despite the Russians bagging on stealth all the time. However, given the size of those inlets, I'd wonder about how
much stealth is stealth.
The question really is this is another game by the Russians to act 'freak out' the US military? Or is it just a fluff piece of Power Point
Rangerhood? Or is it a leak like the Status-6/Kanyon/Posiedon long range nuclear armed UUV?
IDK. All we can do is wait and see. However, with the price of oil rising, the Russians will be able to afford far, far more than they could in the
last decade. And this may be one of the projects they chose to invest in.