A Russian Kamov Ka-52 combat helicopter crashed during a test flight in in southeast Moscow on Tuesday, according to reports.
Russia Today posted video (above) of the crash site, which is said to be near the aircraft manufacturing plant and residential buildings. You can see two other helicopters in the background of the video. The chopper’s two pilots were injured and have been hospitalized, according to the reports.
The chopper, dubbed Alligator, will serve as a model for helicopters that are expected to accompany the Mistral-class of amphibious assault ships Russia is now building, according to holding company Russian Helicopters. In 2011, France inked an agreement to sell four Mistral warships to Moscow, with two to be built in Russia, with the landmark deal becoming the first sale to Russia of sensitive technology by a NATO country.
The coaxial helicopter is said to be valued at $25 million.
This appears to be the crash site.
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