Some of the earlier Kamov designs for attack helicopters.
First prototype Ka-50 - Note the dummy window outline
to make it appear to be a tandem two-seater.
Second prototype. Note horizontal surfaces on fin and test instruments on nose.
One of the development machines in flight.
Early production machine
Ka-50Sh prototype - with ball turret on top of nose.
Ka-50Sh with extended nose and ball turret mounted underneath.
The prototype Ka-50Sh - Note the ball turret of the Samshit-5- optoelectronics sensor system.
Nose view of the Ka-50Sh
The photos above are taken from a Russian magazine - Air Fleet.
The ones below are my property and are marked
They may not be used without my express permission
Ka-50 photographed at Zhukovsky. This machine has the Paris buzz number H318.
Note the 'Werewolf' logo and brown flash on fin.
Close-up of Werewolf logo and fin flash.
The 'Werewolf' title was short-lived and gave way to 'Black Shark'.
Here, the shark logo is applied, but the rear of the flash is still brown.
Same machine photographed at Zhukovski - still with brown flash on rudder.
Same machine - now with Paris buzz number H347.
The brown area on the fin has now been re-painted blue....
...and the metamorphosis from Werewolf to Black Shark is complete.
Close-up of the Black Shark logo and blue fin flash.
It was named 'Chernaya Akula' (Black Shark) for its role
in a Russian action movie of the same name.
One of the development Ka-50's at Zhukovski
The last thing an enemy tank commander would see....
Another Ka-50 at Zhukovski.
Ka-50Sh in the static line-up at Zhukovski.
Three machines in the flying display.
One of the early development machines in the display.
Ka-50 looking like a real shark..
Starboard view of the same machine.
Part of the flying display at Zhukovski.
A rotorless Ka-50 with yet another variation of nose sensors.
Close up of the nose sensors.
Close-up of the starboard wheel and rear end of the 2A42 30mm cannon
Wing-mounted optronics pod.
Starboard engine exhaust.
From a different angle.
2A42 30mm cannon mounting on Ka-50Sh.
Extended nose and ball turret on the Ka-50Sh.
Close up of the nose on the Ka-50Sh.
Zvezda K-37 exjection seat. Note the white-painted
rocket pack above & behind the headrest.
Instrument panel on the Ka-50Sh - Photo from Air Fleet.
Ka-50 poster from Air Fleet magazine.
Another poster from Air Fleet magazine.
Recommended reading :- 'OKB N. I. Kamov'
- ISBN 5-93316-001-6 The history of Kamov
'Ka-50' by Polygon - ISBN 5-7656-005-0 Softback book - includes Ka-52 data
'Air Fleet' magazine - ISSN 1561-8250 Special issue on Kamov helicopters