Russia to reply to Egypt’s requests for purchasing wide range of armaments soon

Russian Defense Minister has already given the necessary instructions to the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation

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MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Russia will prepare answers in coming weeks to Egypt’s requests for buying a wide range of armaments and combat hardware, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday.

The deputy defense minister commented on a visit by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to Cairo. During his visit that ended on Tuesday, Shoigu met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Defense and Military Industry Minister Sedki Sobhi Sayyid Ahmed.

“Both the president and the defense minister of Egypt would like to purchase a wide range of armaments and combat hardware. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has already given the necessary instructions to the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation and has given instructions to all of us on the need to examine all the existing requests,” Antonov said.

Both the president and the defense minister of Egypt “are unambiguously stating that Russia is a reliable partner and that they are ready for developing strategic partnership with our country and are interested in receiving both operational armaments and combat hardware and promising developments,” he added.

The deputy defense minister did not specify the weapons Egypt wanted to buy from Russia. It was earlier reported that Russia might sign a deal with Egypt for the delivery of Kamov Ka-52K helicopters developed for the Mistral-class amphibious ships and the corresponding equipment. Chief of the Kremlin Staff Sergey Ivanov earlier said the sum of the deal might exceed $1 billion.

Egypt to Buy Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator Attack Helicopters

Ka-52 Alligator helicopter


The Egyptian military has ordered Russian-made Kamov Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, a military source said during the MAKS-2015 air show.

Egypt has ordered Ka-52 helicopters but the delivery has not started yet, according to the source that did not specify the timeframe and sum of the contract.Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is currently on a visit to Moscow. During talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Sisi reached an agreement to extend Russian grain supplies and switch to ruble transactions in the tourist industry.

At the invitation of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the Egyptian leader visited the National Center for Defense Management.

The Ka-52 multirole attack helicopter was designed for destroying enemy armory, personnel and helicopters under any weather conditions at day and night. The Alligator features a coaxial rotor system which allows for superior maneuverability. The machine is capable of flying backwards at speeds of 130 kmh and sideways at speeds of 100 kmh as well as performing aerobatic maneuvers.The Ka-52 has unique crew placement – one pilot alongside to the other. It was designed like this to better coordinate the pilots’ actions in combat. The helicopter is armed with a 30-mm automatic gun and the Vikhr guided missile.

The Ka-52 has been in service in the Russian Armed Forces since 2011. Over 70 machines were produced, and a carrier-based modification was designed.