Gator on the Rise

Kamov's Hokum Attack Helicopter Story 1977-2015


Author: Alexander Mladenov

Publisher: Helion

ISBN: 9781911096450


Page: N.A

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The Kamov Ka-50 (NATO code name Hokum) was developed as a new-generation heavily-armored attack helicopter - originally conceived as a one-to-one replacement of the Mi-24 Hind. The program was launched at the Moscow-based Kamov Experimental Design Bureau in the late 1970s. The concept - promoted by the then young and inventive head of Kamov, Sergey Mikheev - called for an unorthodox, well-protected, agile and small-size attack machine. The unorthodox attack rotorcraft made its maiden flight in June 1982. It pioneered the Kamov s trademark co-axial rotor scheme, combined with a highly automated flight/navigation/targeting suite and long-range antitank guided missiles. In the late 1980s - after a protracted head-to-head competition pitted against the Mil Mi-28 - it was judged as being definitely superior to its competitor and was subsequently ordered for serial production. The first production-standard Ka-50 took to the air in May 1991 and the new type was formally commissioned into Russian Army Aviation Service in August 1995. As many as five prototypes and 13 production-standard helicopters were manufactured between 1982 and 2009. The single-seat and highly-automated Ka-50, however, appeared on the scene at just the wrong time, with its production launched during the dissolution of the mighty Soviet Union and the onset of sharp cuts in Russia s defense budget, which led to its termination in the late 2000s. First design work on a two-seat derivative of the Ka-50 - designated as the Ka-52 Alligator - commenced as early as 1994 (initially as a company-funded venture). The first prototype - using the fuselage of a production-standard Ka-50 with a new nose section - was rolled out in November 1996 and made its maiden flight in the hover on 25 June 1997. In 2003, the Ka-52 successfully completed the first phase of the Russian military testing and evaluation effort - covering the flight performance. After three years, the Russian MoD finally allocated a budget for systems development testing and evaluation to be used within the framework of the second phase of the Ka-52 s state testing effort. In addition, the Russian MoD allocated funds to setting up a production line at the AAC progress plant in Arsenyev - situated in Russia s Far Eastern territories. Even before completion of this effort, the initial production-standard Ka-52s were rolled out in the second half of 2010 and handed over to the Army Aviation Center of Combat Training and Aircrew Conversion at Torzhok in December that year. Currently, the Ka-52 is the main new-generation type of the Russian Army Aviation Service, with approximately 200 examples ordered - plus another 36 for the Russia Naval Aviation."

Temperature's Rising


Author: Donna Sterling

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 145925757X

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 2209

BEDSIDE MANNERS AS A DOCTOR, HE KNEW HOW TO TREAT A FEVER…EXCEPT IT WAS HIM MAKING HER TEMPERATURE RISE! Dr. Jack Forrester: He certainly wasn't your average surgeon—Jack was laid-back, fun loving and the most eligible bachelor in town—but everyone in Moccasin Point adored him. Well…not quite everyone. Someone was out to ruin his reputation. Callie Marshall: Coming home to the Point was bittersweet for Callie—fond memories clashed with her duty to dig up dirt on the local doc. Even more disturbing was her heated reaction to Jack. Her old buddy had grown into an incredibly sexy man…with a wonderful bedside manner. But Jack was off-limits to her!

Salvos on the Backwater

A Novel of the Civil War Period


Author: Erwin Wunderlich

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1493187058

Category: Fiction

Page: 290

View: 3503

SALVOS ON THE BACKWATER has won praise from critics as an entertaining story of one man’s love for Florida. For Jack Nichols’ to build a new life along the 1863 Gulf coast, he must avoid contested areas of both the Civil War and everyday life. Chased by a warship up a creek one morning, he and his uncle happen upon the Hamilton homestead. There, the widow Rebecca is struggling mightily to hold her family together in the lush and violent wilderness. Jack is unaware of the dangerous chain of events that will be set in motion by his actions on this fateful day.

Rising Tides


Author: Emilie Richards

Publisher: MIRA

ISBN: 9781426874390

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 7298

Nine people have gathered for the reading of Aurore Gerritsen's will. Some are family, others are strangers. But all will have their futures changed forever when a lifetime of secrets is finally revealed. Aurore Gerritsen left clear instructions: her will is to be read over a four-day period at her summer cottage on a small Louisiana island. Those who don't stay will forfeit their inheritance. With the vast fortune of Gulf Coast Shipping at stake, no one will take that risk. Tensions rise as Aurore's lawyer dispenses small bequests, each designed to expose the matriarch's well-kept secrets. Longtime loyalties are jeopardized and shocking new alliances are formed as the family feels the sands of belief shifting beneath their feet. As a hurricane approaches and survival itself is threatened, the fourth day dawns and everyone waits for the final truth to be revealed.

Valentine's Rising

Book Four of the Vampire Earth


Author: E.E. Knight

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101462256

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 8602

Returning to the Ozark Territories, freedom fighter David Valentine is shocked to find it overrun by vampiric Kurians under the command of the merciless Consul Solon. In a desperate gambit, Valentine leads a courageous group of soldiers on a mission to drive a spike into the gears of the Kurian Order. Valentine stakes life, honor, and the future of his home in a rebellion that sparks the greatest battle of his life.

Arrian on Coursing

The Cynegeticus of the Younger Xenophon, Translatd from the Greek, with Classical and Practical Annotations, and a Brief Sketch of the Life and Writings of the Author. To which is Added an Appendix, Containing Some Account of the Canes Venatici of Classical Antiquity


Author: Arrian

Publisher: N.A


Category: Coursing

Page: 314

View: 3892

Inspired by True Events

An Illustrated Guide to More Than 500 History-Based Films


Author: Robert James Niemi

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691989

Category: History

Page: 607

View: 8756

An up-to-date and indispensable guide for film history buffs of all kind, this book surveys more than 500 major films based on true stories and historical subject matter.

Walking Through the Ashes

A Volunteer Firefighter's Perspective on the Rodeo- Chediski Fire


Author: Gary Phillip Holdcroft

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412046424

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 190

View: 9956

This book chronicles the story of a volunteer firefighter who finds himself helping to battle the largest wildfire in the history of the State of Arizona. Starting in the tiny village of Cibecue, Arizona on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and, eventually, encompassing the entire Mogollon Rim, the human-caused Rodeo-Chediski Fire explodes and forces the evacuation of over thirty thousand people. This story exposes the friction between the United States Forest Service and the small, rural, fire departments in the White Mountains of Arizona and details the differing viewpoints on how the fire should have been fought. The author, a former resident of Tucson, joined the Linden Fire Department in 1999 as a volunteer and on June 18th, 2002 found himself face-to-face with a huge, out-of-control wildfire that threatened to destroy whole towns and neighborhoods on the Mogollon Rim