Kamov Ka-80 "Irbis" assault helicopter
After the modernization of the Eurusian military began, a successor for the aging fleet of Mil Mi-24s was requested. The Mi-24’s concept of a gunship with the capability to carry troops, called an “assault helicopter”, had been hugely successful, but the need for an updated combat helicopter for the new “digital battlefield” was imperative.
The helicopter designers at Kamov were given the task to design the new helicopter. Basing their design on a further development of the Kamov Ka-50’s airframe, they came up with a design which allowed troop carrying capabilities as well as a heavy weapons payload. The proposal made by Kamov was well received by the army, and a prototype was ordered. Only eighteen months later, the first prototype of the Kamov Ka-80 was presented to the army, which was impressed by the helicopter’s great agility (it is very agile for a helicopter of its size), firepower and state-of-the-art avionics. Pilots were impressed by the cockpit, which looked like something out of a modern fighter jet rather than a helicopter. The order for deliveries of Kamov Ka-80s to the Eurusian army was signed shortly after the prototype was demonstrated, and it would eventually replace the aging Mi-24s. The fact that it became Kamov that would replace the Mi-24 was ironic, since the army version of the Ka-25 “Hormone” had been dropped by the Russian army in favour of the “Hind” in the sixties.
In order to make room for a troop compartment, most of the avionics and flight computers are located in the helicopter’s nose surrounding the pilot. This gives the Ka-80 a large and distinctive cockpit area. Due to its large size and weight, the Ka-80 has a four-blade rotor design, instead of the usual three-bladed rotors on previous Kamov helicopters. To further aid the rotors, the large side mounted wings also provide lift during flight. The Ka-80 sports a great number of different sensors, aerials and cameras, giving the pilot information of what is happening around him both in daytime and night time conditions in any kind of weather. Being able to carry a vast array of weapons, including the new 9A230 “Shturm II” anti tank missiles, Air-to-Air missiles, free flight rocket pods or high calibre rockets in addition to its powerful Shipunov 2A53 30mm cannon, the Ka-80 is able to engage just about anything on the battlefield. Armoured with new strong light-weight composite armour and a Kevlar-like material the helicopter is also capable of taking a lot of punishment, while still being able to stay airborne. Self-sealing fuel tanks also add to the Ka-80 survivability, preventing the fuel tanks from catching fire and exploding when hit by gunfire. The Cockpit is also heavily protected, shielding the pilot from bullets up to 23mm in diameter. The strong armour and firepower of the Ka-80 truly makes it the flying tank of the 21st century.
Called the “Irbis” (Russian for Snow Leopard) the Kamov Ka-80 with its heavy weapons payload and enough room for four fully equipped troops or various cargos is optimal for commando raids and assault missions. The Ka-80 can lay down suppression fire before dropping off soldiers, and provide top cover while the troops conduct their mission. If required, the Ka-80 can also extract the troops after they have completed their objectives and fly them back to base. The army uses the Irbis for troop insertions, rescue operations, as gunships and transport helicopters. The counter rotating rotors provide great lifting power, and with the wing mounted weapons removed the Ka-80 can airlift large amounts of cargo or light vehicles.
The Kamov Ka-80 is also known as “Shark” due to its shark-like silhouette. It is known as “Horus” or "Coyote" by the UCF/DC and the GU.
Despite looking good on paper, the Ka-80 gained a reputation for being unreliable after several accidents due to engine failures and mechanical malfunctions. The coaxial four-bladed rotors caused lots of vibrations, which put the airframe under immense stress as well as being unpleasant for the pilot and passengers. The Ka-80's constant need for maintenance and reliability problems finally proved too much for the Eurusian military, and Kamov ceased production after approximately 1,200 had been built. To replace the Irbis helicopters, the Eurusian High Command ordered an updated version of the KaUH-415 'Husky' as their principle utility helicopter. The Kamov design bureau had learned a lesson the hard way, and went back to their true and tested three-bladed rotor design for future coaxial rotor helicopters.
Specification for Kamov Ka-80 “Irbis”:
Type: Assault helicopter
Accommodation: 1 pilot, 4 troops
Engine: 2x Klimov TV4-118VK turboshafts
Top speed: 350 km/h
Armament: 1x 30 mm Shipunov 2A53 cannon, a variety of weapons including gun-pods, 9A230 “Shturm II” anti tank missiles, Air-to-Air missiles, free flight rocket pods, high calibre missiles, 4x 500kg bombs and external fuel tanks. The Ka-80 is also carrying two door mounted dual 7.62 machine guns.
Status: Retired, in limited service with reserve forces
Operators: Army, Navy
A Kamov Ka-80 "Irbis" from the 87th Helicopter Squadron "The Bengals".
Chaff dispensers are mounted on the tail behind the side wings.
The engines and rotor system. Yes, they counter-rotate.
The side doors open to access the troop compartment.
The Irbis' main armament usually consists of free flight rocket pods and four 9A230 "Shturm II" anti armour missiles.
The nose mounted Shipunov 30mm chain gun packs a powerful punch too.
The side doors can be unhinged to allow twin 12.7mm belt fed machine guns to be mounted on each side.
When seen from above or below, it becomes clear why the Ka-80 often is called "Shark". Here the chaff dispensers are open.
A Ka-80 pilot and a SPEAR Commando team are preparing for take off.
Inside view. The troop compartement can hold four fully equipped troops or cargo. In contrast to the older Mi-24s, most of the flight instruments have been digitalized, and the cockpit interior is dominated by computer touch screens rather than analogue gauges.
A Ka-80 in flight.
An Irbis from the "Bengals" squadron is dropping off a squad of SPEAR Commandos on the side of a road near the DMZ between Eurusia and the DRR (part of Sitiria).
The Ka-80 "Irbis" in action: A squad of Sitirian soldiers disguised in an ambulance has blocked a road near the DMZ, and attacked an Eurusian military convoy.
Their success is however short lasted, the Eurusian Commandos have called for air support.
After a salvoe of rockets made short process with the ambulance, the remaining Sitirian soldiers decided to retreat. The Irbis' 30mm cannon made sure they didn't get far though.
After the Sitirian squad had been eliminated, the Ka-80 shows what the troop carrying capability is worth. Switchig role from gunship to medevac instantly, the Irbis evacuates the wounded Eurusian soldiers to the nearest field hospital.
Connor: I know, sorry. I have to make some real SPA vehicles I can use as props.
Pretty good, but I think it needs a tailfin. I think if you made it all black it would look awesome... Sorry, I'm obsessed with black stuff... I just figured out how to do counter-rotating rotors, so I'm building lame helo's that arent worth posting that happen to have counter rotating rotors...
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