The Ka-50 is the rarest helicopter in Mercenaries 1, found and usable only once in the entire game. Which is a shame as it's a very versatile helicopter that also has very good maneuverability and very good armor.
The weapon featured on the Ka-50 make it extremely useful in dealing with all sorts of armored vehicles and at the same time still retains good anti-infantry skill.
Due to the sleek design of the helicopter it's also quite fast and easy to maneuver when compared to other gunships. Although not as strong as the Mi-35 Gunship in terms of armor it can still take a good amount of small arms fire and continuous heavy MG fire, however, explosives will easily bring it down.
The Ka-50 is encountered only during the contract Housekeeping. During this mission you must take out 4 renegade Mafia officers, one of which is located right near a Ka-50. The officer you're looking for is at the NK village. It is wise to approach with a Mafia disguise or one of the Mafia Thugs may pilot the Ka-50, making it difficult if not impossible to acquire.
- A repainted version of Ka-50 returns in the PlayStation 2 version of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. It is seen flying for the Venezuelan Army and is called the Ribera Gunship.
- The Ka-50, at the time the game was released, was only used by the Russian Air Force. How the Mafia got a hold of it is unknown. It is possible they bought it from a corrupt officer in the Russian military.
The Ka-50 Attack is based on the Kamov Ka-50 "Black Shark".