Ka-50 “Black Shark”
The legendary “Black Shark” will join the premium roster of the USSR/Russian helicopter tech tree.
Kа-50 “Black Shark”, attack helicopter, USSR/Russia, rank VI. Premium (part of a pack).
- Excellent flight characteristics
- Armoured cockpit and some internal nodes
- ATGMs, AAMs and even bombs!
- The 30mm cannon has a limited range of motion
- 1 crew member
Following the experience of deploying American helicopters in Vietnam and other conflict zones for military purposes, the idea of designing a pure attack helicopter sparked great interest among Soviet engineers. In 1976, the design bureau of the Ukhtomsky Helicopter Plant named after N. I. Kamov began work on a new rotary-wing vehicle for the Soviet army. The first experimental model was assembled in the spring of 1982 and received the designation Ka-50 (B-80). Many rigorous tests and numerous upgrades later, the Ka-50 was put into service in 1995. During the final field-testing stages, the helicopter became the main star of the adventure film “Black Shark” – and the nickname stuck after the movie.
Ka-50 is the first, and as of now the only, helicopter in War Thunder that has a coaxial main rotor design. This build has several advantages over the traditional tail rotor design, including improved handling characteristics, manoeuvrability and cargo capacity. Upon reaching its maximum speed of over 300 km/h, the “Black Shark” is able to carry 2,300 kg of ordnance. The most notable features of this helicopter include the wide selection of suspended armaments and possible combinations thereof, the cockpit armour, and the 30mm cannon with its HEF and AP feeds.
In our game, the Ka-50 will be a premium rank VI helicopter in the USSR/Russian tech tree. The “Black Shark” will prove to be the perfect vehicle for many pilots thanks to its range of excellent characteristics one would expect to see in a top-of-the-line machine. There’s a lot to like here: great speed, responsive controls, decent cockpit defences against AA machine gun fire and, of course, a complete arsenal for taking out any type of target. The 30mm cannon installed on the right side may not have a full 360-degree firing arc, but to compensate for that, it can be loaded with a choice of either high-explosive fragmentation or armour-piercing shells. Its destructive power is more than enough to send anti-air guns, light ATGM carriers, and helicopters back to the hangar.
If you are planning an all-out assault on enemy aircraft, be sure to stock up on the air-defence system Igla-1V, which has the best rank among the air-to-air missiles in the entire game. The “Vikhr” ATGMs serve as the primary weapon for taking down armoured targets – you can bring up to 12 of those with you to battle, alongside other ordnance choices, of course. These new-generation missiles can easily take out state-of-the-art tanks fitted with an ERA system from a distance equal to 10,000 metres. The four suspended-armament points also allow the pilots to bring to combat things like unguided rockets, up to 1,000 kg of bombs and gun pods containing 23mm cannons – basically, the stuff that would keep enemy tank commanders occupied and sweating!
- Ka-50 "Black Shark" (Rank 6 USSR) - available after 1.93 update;
- 2000 Golden Eagles;
- Premium account for 15 days;
- Pre-order bonus: camouflage of the hull number 22 aircraft of the 344th Centre for Combat Training and Aircrew Conversion - available after 1.93 update;
- Pre-order bonus: unique "Black shark" decal;
- Pre-order bonus: unique "Black shark" title.
- Black Shark Pack;
- T-55AM-1 Pack.
Last but not least, it’s impossible not to mention the Ka-50’s exterior design – its unique coaxial rotor build, smooth fuselage curves and aggressive dead-straight cockpit lines make this helicopter one of the most stunning and memorable in the game. Alongside the full armament set and all the modules, you will also get camouflages – the two-coloured green (default), cool black with shark jaws, as a pre-order bonus, and classic black could be purchased additionally. Beautiful, isn’t it?
The War Thunder Team