|Primary user||Russian Air Force|
|Length||16.0 m (52 ft)|
|Height||4.93 m (16'2 ft)|
|Loaded weight||9,800 kg (21,600 lb)|
|Maximum speed||315 km/h (196 mph)|
|Range||545 km (339 mi)|
|Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. |
|Appearances||H.A.W.X. 2 (Wii)|
The Kamov Ka-50 "Black Shark" is a single-seat Russian attack helicopter with the distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau. It was designed in the 1980s and adopted for service in the Russian army in 1995.
The coaxial rotor design provides a hovering ceiling of 4,000m and vertical rate of climb of 10m a second at an altitude of 2,500m. The rotor blades are made from polymer materials. The coaxial-rotor configuration results in moments of inertia values relative to vertical and lateral axes between 1.5 to two times less than the values found in single-rotor helicopters with tail rotors. Absence of the tail rotor enables the helicopter to perform flat turns within the entire flight speed range. A maximum vertical g-load of 3.5 combined with low moments of inertia give the Ka-50 a high level of agility.