On January 27, Channel One Russia aired a report on the work of Ka-52 attack helicopters in the special military operation zone in Ukraine.
The report included footage documenting recent pinpoint strikes by the attack helicopters on different types of vehicles of Kiev forces. The main weapon used to target and destroy the vehicles was the 9K121 Vikhr guided missile.
The Vikhr, which was developed by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau, is guided by laser-beam riding. The missile’s unique guidance system makes immune to known jamming systems and counter measures.
The 380 mm missile has a range of up to 12 kilometers and is armed with a 8–12 kg tandem HEAT [high-explosive anti-tank] charge that can defeat reactive armour and penetrate 1,000 mm of rolled homogeneous armour. It can be fired singly or in pairs at the same target to increase lethality.
The Russian military has been relaying on attack helicopters, like the Ka-52, to provide its troops in Ukraine with close air support since the start of the special operation around a year ago.
Earlier this month, the first batch of upgraded Ka-52M attack helicopters were handed over to the Russian military. This version can be armed with the Vikhr as well as the new LMUR [light multipurpose guided missile], which is optically guided and has a range of more than 14 kilometers. The Ka-52M is yet to make an appearance in the special military operation zone.
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