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Kajman
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Faction CSAT
Type Heavy Attack Helicopter
Seats 10 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Gunner
  • 8× Passengers
Item capacity Max: 1000 kg
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
  • 1× Backpacks
Top speed ~ 275 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 4,500 m
Fuel capacity 2500 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× Cannon Caseless 30 mm
  • 8× Skalpel ATGM [Default]
  • 2× Skyfire Rocket Pods [Default]
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 192× Countermeasures (Flare/Chaff)
Variants None
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The Mi-48 Kajman is a helicopter gunship that is exclusively used by Mediterranean CSAT forces in ArmA 3.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Heavy gunship
    • Troop transport
« A multipurpose successor to the Mi-24, the Mi-48 Kajman (BLUFOR designation «Hornet») is a large gunship and attack helicopter with troop transport capacity for 8 passengers. The front part of the helicopter is based on the Mi-28 attack helicopter, the coaxial rotor providing increased stability is taken from the Ka-52 and the passenger transport capacity is the same as the Mi-24.
Field Manual
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Design

The Mi-48 is a large helicopter gunship with low-capacity troop transport capability.

It uses a tandem cockpit layout, and has a distinctive coaxial rotor system that removes the need for a tail rotor.

Armament
By default, the Mi-48 is armed with a 30 mm autocannon that is pre-loaded with interchangeable belts of either 250 rounds of high-explosive (HE-T) shells, or 250 rounds of armor-piercing discarding sabot (APDS-T) shells.

The gunner can instantaneously swap between ammunition types at any time without having to wait for the cannon to reload.

It has two pylons on each stub wing (totalling up to four) fixed on both sides of the fuselage that support dynamic loadouts.

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Mi-48 pylon configuration

The following weapons and munitions can then be fitted onto any of the pylons (1-4):

  • Scalpel (1×)
  • Scalpel (3×)
  • Twin Cannon 20 mm
  • Tratnyr HE (20×)
  • Tratnyr AP (20×)
  • Skyfire (19×)
  • Sahr-3 (1×)
  • Sharur (1×)
  • LOM-250G (1×)
  • RBK-500F (1×)

Mobility
Compared to its NATO counterpart, the Mi-48 is far less manoeuvrable and more cumbersome to fly due to being heavier. In addition, it only uses stub wings and lacks an internal weapons bay, thereby preventing it from being able to stow away its weapons when not in combat for stealth.

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Unique to the Mi-48 out of all the rotary-wing helicopters, it can double both as a heavily armed gunship and flying troop transport.

Notable Traits
Since it isn't constrained by the limitations of an internal weapons bay or the need to be stealthy, the Mi-48 is able to fit heavier munitions like heavy ATGMs or even laser-guided cluster bombs onto its stub wing hardpoints.

In addition, the Mi-48 is better armoured and can withstand significantly more punishment before suffering from any critical component failures. The softer-skinned Blackfoot on the other hand, will be outright destroyed if it takes more than just one or two direct hits from anti-air weaponry.

Drawbacks
Its only real downside stems from its coaxial-rotor configuration. While this layout removes a major vulnerability that conventional helicopters share (their tail rotor), it also means that the Mi-48 stands no chance at auto-rotating safely to the ground should both of its main rotors be disabled.

Likewise, the airframe's weight means that it will usually lose altitude rapidly once its rotors are knocked out; both the crew and passengers are almost certainly guaranteed to perish unless the helicopter was already hovering close to the ground.

Electronically, the Mi-48 is quite easy to detect both on active radars and infrared sensors by default. Unlike the Blackfoot which can simply switch its radar off to remain hidden from radar, the same cannot be said for the Mi-48, which can always be spotted at distances of 20% more than their usual maximum ranges even without its radar toggled on.

Crew Capacity
The Mi-48 has a seating capacity of ten personnel including the crew that consists of the pilot and gunner.

Camouflage

  • Black: Pattern-less chrome black paint scheme.
  • Hex: Light tan/dark tan/dark green cell pattern camouflage.

Sensors

The Mi-48 utilises several sensors meant to augment its role as an air-to-ground fire support platform:

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Teal = Active Radar
Orange = IRST
Green = Visual

Active Radar

It has an active radar range of 5 km against aerial targets and 4 km against ground targets, that has an azimuth coverage of 120 degrees and elevation of 90 degrees.

Targets can be identified once they get within 3 km range. The radar has an elevation offset of 30 degrees, and is only able to track targets that are moving at speeds of up 450 km/h.

Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor

IRST has a maximum range of 4 km against aerial targets and 3 km against ground targets. Its visual sensor on the other hand, has a maximum of 3 km against aerial targets and 2 km against ground targets.

The azimuth and elevation coverage is limited to an angle of 26 degrees for each sensor and have a minimum operating range of 500 m. Targets can be identified once they get within 2 km range.

Both sensors are located in the Mi-48's nose turret, and are only able to track targets that are moving at speeds of up to 252 km/h. The sensors operate independently of the helicopter's heading, and only focus on where the gunner is aiming the turret's camera.

Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar

The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 12 km.

Laser Spot Tracker

Laser markers and infrared strobes can be tracked within a range of 6 km. It has an acquisition cone of 180 degrees.

Trivia

  • As stated in the Field Manual, the Kajman's design and capabilities draw inspiration from three real-world Russian attack helicopters designed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and Kamov Design Bureau. Both companies are subsidiaries of Rostec, their state-owned parent company.
  • Kaймaн or Kajman, is Russian for Caiman, a crocodile-like reptile. This follows the nicknames of the Mi-24 being Krokodil (Крокодил) which translates into "Crocodile", and the Ka-52 "Alligator" (Аллигатор).
  • The Kajman's cockpit reuses the same MFD and flight panels as the "AH-64D" from ArmA 2, with the English labels simply translated into Russian.

Gallery

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See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration