In the USA, they talked about the Soviet helicopter, which could become a rival of the Mi-24

In the 60s of the twentieth century, the Kamov Design Bureau was working on the creation of a futuristic V-50 helicopter, which was supposed to fly at a speed of 400 km / h. It was a radical concept and a very ambitious project that would allow the USSR army and navy to acquire one multi-purpose combat helicopter, writes the American online edition The Drive.

To implement the plan, the designers even deviated from their own tradition of installing coaxial counter-rotating rotors, Technology, which was developed by Nikolai Kamov himself.

The B-50 used a pair of tandem rotors (main rotor) positioned like the American CH-47 Chinook. Two turboshaft engines TVZ-117 with a capacity of 1900 hp were chosen as power units. each. In addition, the B-50 had a battleship-style cockpit with a staggered pilot seat, a narrow fuselage, and a modular arrangement of weapons and equipment, and was capable of carrying troops. Far-sighted designers, thinking ahead of their time, decided to put modules on the rotorcraft, for each specific mission. Guns and missiles could be changed to radar and various equipment.

It should be noted that the development of helicopters was then approached very conservatively throughout the world. In the USSR, this was expressed in a long line of rather conventional, although large, powerful and reliable Mil KB helicopters. They flew at a speed of about 250 km / h, and modern designs - 320 km / h. In turn, KB Kamov tried to get away from conservatism and proposed an innovative version of the "universal helicopter" that could be used to perform a wider range of tasks.

The B-50 project reached an advanced stage, including wind tunnel testing, but the Soviet Army decided not to order it as it believed the Mi-24 would meet their requirements for a transport and assault helicopter. The B-50 could have become a rival to the Mi-24, but did not. The Soviet Navy also took a conservative path, although it chose the products of the Kamov Design Bureau, the Ka-25 helicopter, for its needs. Later, the Ka-27 and Ka-29 appeared.

Success was supposed to come to the Kamov Design Bureau along with the promising development of the Ka-52 helicopter, but the program was interrupted due to the collapse of the USSR. This helicopter appeared in service with Russia only in 2011. The Ka-52 could become a suitable receiver for the B-50, if the program were resumed on its basis, because many highly developed countries are engaged in the development of high-speed rotary-wing machines.
  • Photos used: Piotr Butowski / / pi.bu.92
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  1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 26 November 2020 17: 32
    And if Penkovsky hadn't left for the United States, Intel would have copied Soviet processors ... It's not even funny. An article with an information lead to deep zero.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 25 December 2020 16: 50
      Penkovsky went to hell, and Intel products were copied by ours in the USSR - do not confuse cause and effect. The socialist system guaranteed everyone material and spiritual stability, while the capitalist system only developed and did not guarantee material support for many. Here is the main choice, between a moral and materially secure life, without luxury, without advanced technologies, and blatant inequality and advanced technology ... In the 90s, they chased after fashionable and advanced consumer goods, having ruined the main thing - a stable material and nationwide spiritual level ...
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 26 November 2020 17: 43
    Each design bureau is full of such projects.
    4 engines, large fuselage.
    Was 4 times more expensive than usual.

    2 years ago in the media, they boasted for a long time about the project of a super-high-speed helicopter with supersonic wings, 700 km per hour. But the peremoga caught up with him ...
  3. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 26 November 2020 18: 13
    Success should have come to the Kamov Design Bureau along with a promising development helicopter Ka-52, but the program was interrupted due to the collapse of the USSR.

    The anonymous author of this article did not even bother to read the history of the Ka50 / 52 helicopters. 52 car appeared 15 years after 50. (Ka50 - 1982, Ka52 -1997)
  4. passing by Offline passing by
    passing by (passing by) 26 November 2020 18: 23
    The Mi-24 competed with the Ka-29 (the Ka-29 naval helicopter, which is a strike version of the Ka-27 anti-submarine, is not inferior to the well-known Mi-24V in terms of basic combat characteristics (in particular, in terms of armament and speed), and in a number of others, for example, maneuverability - surpasses it.) .... but apparently the Armenian diaspora decided which car will be in Afghanistan.
    1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
      Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 27 November 2020 04: 53
      apparently the Armenian diaspora decided which car will be in Afghanistan

      The spacecraft is unsuitable for highlands. Yes, and there is still nothing to replace MI.
      1. passing by Offline passing by
        passing by (passing by) 27 November 2020 05: 49
        I heard different