Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport expects that Egypt will soon decide on acquiring Kamov Ka-52K helicopters for re-equiping its Mistral-class helicopter carriers.
In late August Alexander Mikheyev, head of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport had said that the company will start talks on Ka-52K helicopters for Egypt after the completion of the consultations on the delivery of equipment for Mistral helicopter carriers.
“Talks are currently on and we hope to reach an agreement soon,” Mikheyev says.
Initially, France produced the helicopter carriers for Russia, however, Paris refused to deliver them to Russia in light of the increased tensions over the crisis in Ukraine.
The contract was cancelled in the summer of 2015. As a result, Paris paid Moscow 949.7 million euros in compensation and the helicopter carriers were subsequently sold to Egypt. According to Russian news agency TASS, Cairo earlier declined the offer to furnish the Mistral helicopter carriers with European or American helicopters. Russia later offered Egypt modern armament, electronic warfare and communications systems for installing them on the Mistrals.
The Ka-52K Katran attack helicopter is a ship-based version of the baseline Ka-52. Unlike the baseline model, the Ka-52K has folding main rotor blades and folding stub wings. The helicopter has reinforced landing gear and can fire anti-ship missiles and a wide range of other guided and unguided air-launched weapons.