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Russia has entered into an agreement to deliver 46 Kamov Ka-52K, a navalised derivative of the Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and attack helicopter, to the Egyptian Navy.

The agreement was signed through Russia’s state arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, and is part of a deal secured with the firm in 2015.

JSC Russian Helicopters holding company director general Alexander Mikheyev said that the company was able to sign several multi-million orders, despite sanctions against the country.

Mikheyev said: "In this knotty situation, we’ve managed to keep up the financial parameters reached previously and to broaden the presence of Russian helicopter technologies in the world market."

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"Egypt intends to purchase ship-based Kamov Ka-52K Katran helicopters, and is now deciding how many it will order."

Egypt expects to receive 50 Russian Ka-52 helicopters over a period of three years, with deliveries starting in 2016.

The helicopters will be fitted with the new OES-52 optoelectronic targeting system, developed by the Precision Instrument-Manufacturing Systems Corporation.

The OES-52 technology will enable launching of the Vikhr and Ataka missiles with laser target direction systems.

A source associated with military and technical cooperation with foreign states was quoted by TASS as saying: "Egypt intends to purchase ship-based Kamov Ka-52K Katran helicopters for the Mistral-class ships and is now deciding how many it will order."

In October, Egypt entered into a contract with France to purchase two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, which were built for Russia.

Last year, France called off a contract worth $1.28bn to deliver Mistral warships following the Russian annexation of Crimea.

In a separate development, Russian state technologies corporation Rostec, associated with Russian Helicopters had secured a deal with India to construct 200 Ka-226T helicopters.

The deal also involves providing technical support, maintenance, operation and repair of the helicopters.


Image: Kamov Ka-52 Alligator. Photo: courtesy of Vlsergey.