posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 06:45 PM
Originally posted by projectvxn It requires no tail rotor to counter act single direction torque that you would find in all US rotary
The Ka-50 series isn't new really. It's a very nice airframe with lots of growth potential. Performance of the platform itself is very solid. It's
certainly more pleasing to the eye than the Havoc which is hideous.
By all accounts the US is highly outclassed by this formidable war machine.
A couple of arguments for you. First, day-night operation. AH-64 has it; The Hokum doesn't. Again, you can upgrade the avionics like IAI did for
Turkey, but neither that or the purely Russian parallel development have gone into production. You can always add better/more sensors (for a
performance penalty, of course), but this brings us to our next point.
I tend to agree with the comment above about crew workload. The extra pair of eyes and hands comes in handy -- the Hokum is the only current heavy
attack helo I can think of that is single crew. Everyone has agreed it is better to have someone to run the systems. And if we're tacking on extra
doodads, dials, knobs and switches and all-weather capability it'd be near essential to have another crew member.