posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 05:33 PM
The Kamov KA-50 does have it's advantages. Namely the use of a coaxial main rotor and lack of a tail rotor.
The coaxial rotor spins two separate sets of blades in opposite directions making the helicopter more stable in the air. It also increases the
The KA-50 also costs $16 million per unit whereas the AH-64 Apache costs $20 million.
Let's look at power and operational range.
The KA-50 has:
Max Speed: 196 mph
Cruising Speed: 168 mph
Combat Range: 339 miles
Ferry Range: 720 miles
Service Ceiling; 18,000 ft
Rate of Climb: 10 m/s
Max takeoff weight: 23,810 lbs
The AH-64 has:
Max Speed: 182 mph
Cruising Speed: 165 mph
Combat Range: 295 miles
Ferry Range: 1,180 miles
Service Ceiling: 21,000 ft
Rate of Climb: 12.7 m/s
Max takeoff weight: 23,000 lbs
Overall, the two aircraft perform fairly equally. Now lets see the armament:
(1) 30mm cannon w/ 460 rounds
The hardpoints can use gun pods, anti-tank missiles, anti-air missiles, laser guided missiles, unguided rockets, unguided bombs or fuel tanks.
(1) 30mm cannon w/ 1,200 rounds
The hardpoints can also use gun pods, anti-tank missiles, anti-air missiles, laser guided missiles, unguided rockets, unguided bombs or fuel tanks.
Overall, I'd say the AH-64 and the KA-50 are pretty fairly matched in all aspects of operation and performance.