The Algerian Air Force (Al Quwwat aljawwiya aljaza’eriiya, QQJ) has ordered a total of 48 new Russian attack and transport helicopters plus upgrades for another 39 machines, the Russian press agency ARMS-TASS reported.
Although not officially confirmed yet by state company Russian Helicopters (Вертолёты России or Vertoloty Rossii) or Rosoboronexport, ARMS-TASS says Algeria will pay 2.7 billion US dollars for 42 new Mi-28N (Havoc) attack helicopters, new six Mi-26T2 (Halo) heavy-lift helicopters and upgrading 39 Algerian Armed Forces Mi-8s (Hip) to the Mi-8AMTSh standard.
The Mi-28N is a very capable all-weather day/night attack helicopter. It can reach speeds up to 175 knots (201 mph / 324 kmh), can operate up to 16,250 feet and has a combat radius of 124 miles (200 km). Apart from the 30mm gun turret under the nose regular weaponry include up to 16 Ataka-V anti-tank missiles plus 40 S-8 rockets or 10 S-13 rockets.
The Mi-26 is the world’s largest helicopter, able to carry up to 82 passengers or 20,000 kg of load on a underneath sling cable or 20,000 inside the cabin. Normally it is manned by 5 or 6 crew members. The cruise speed of the Mi-26 is 137 knots (158 mph / 255 kmh) at which it can cross 1,190 miles (1,920 km) with auxiliary tanks up to an altitude of 15,100 feet. The T2 is the most advanced version that should be able to fly any time under the most adverse weather conditions.
Sources: ARMS-TASS / Russian Helicopters