Egypt formally ordered 46 Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopers according to Russian Helicopters and defense export agency Rosoboronexport. The news confirms August’s reports about a possible sale.
The attack helos will be naval variants and will be used aboard two Mistral-class amphibious assaults ships acquired last from France earlier. The deal was leaked during the Summer by a company that produces the electro-optic sensors for the Ka-52. A deal for MiG-29 fighter jets was also rumoured around the same time, but that deal so far has not been confirmed by any party.
The Ka-52 is codenamed ‘Hokum-B’ by NATO and is the Russian counterpart of the Boeing AH-64D Apache, which incidentally is also operated by Egypt. The Hokum-B is already in service with the Russian armed forces. The type first flew on 25 June 1997.
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