Hudi's Russian Aircraft Guide - Fighters

Helicopters

Ka-50

The Korean War was the first war which saw a large deployment of helicopters, however it was the Vietnam War that inspired the Soviets to use helicopters beyond transportation roles. Thanks to that lesson, the Soviets designed the iconic helicopter Mi-24 Hind. Although it was overestimated by the west to have advanced anti-tank capabilities, it was the deadliest weapon used in Afghanistan and was nicked named the "devil's chariot". To replace Mi-24 and counter the AH-64A, the Soviets started a program for a dedicated attack helicopter out of which the Mi-28 and Ka-50 were born. Currently both models are being produced in low volume and is not expected to be fielded in large numbers unless exported. However the large number of Mi-24s in service will be modernized to the Mi-35 standard with brand new systems from Mi-28. Kamov is famous for its Ka-50, the only single seat attack helicopter in the world equipped with Shkval targeting system and Vikhr missiles, but Kamov is also Russia's biggest supplier of naval helicopters with Ka-25/27 and Ka-31 and derivatives.

Helicopter

Mi-6
Mi-6   Heavy lifting helicopter
Mi-6 is the first Soviet heavy transport helicopter with a lifting capacity of 12000kg, or 9000kg over external hooks. It was produced in several versions: cargo, crane, passenger/cargo, fire fighter, flying hospital. From 1963, it was used by both the military and civilian aviantion of USSR and other countries. It is still currently in use, which demostrate its good design as well as its operational charachteristics.
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Mi-8
Mi-8   Medium transport helicopter
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Mi-24
Mi-24D   
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Mi-28
Mi-28   Long range ASW aircraft
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Ka-27
Ka-25/27   
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Ka-27
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Ka-50
Ka-50/52   
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Ka-60
Ka-60   
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