The Ka-50 is a fantastic weapons platform once you get past a point where you fly without thinking of it. The demands of situational awareness, target acquisition and weapons delivery are high and I have become too dependent on doing everything from a hover. It is not rare for me to get sucked into my own downwash when I am engaging from a hover and instinctively floor the collective to duck into cover.
In a previous entry I mentioned how I am now preferring to perform cannon runs with forward speed. Translational lift can save my butt if I get my engines busted and need to autorotate into safety.
But flying head on into an AAA system is not kosher either. The Shilka has a radar targeting system and is deadly if your attack is sloppy.
In this entry I am engaging a Shilka with the cannon, closing in but not flying straight into it.
|I've just acquired a Shilka with the Shkval (left window). Range is 4 kilometers, too large compared to the recommended cannon employment range (2 km)|
|Range is now good for starting shooting. The Shilka shoots a couple of bursts but they all pass through my right. Target destroyed. Note my flight path and nose position in the moving map (right panel). My speed in 108 km/h.|
|External view. The flight path goes straight from the viewer's point of view to the background.|