Russia to supply 50 Ka-52 helicopters to Egypt in 2016-2018 — source

the helicopters will be furnished with the new OES-52 optoelectronic targeting system, which allows launching the Vikhr and Ataka missiles with laser target direction systems

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DUBAI, November 10. /TASS/. Egypt will get 50 Russian Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and attack helicopters within three years, and the deliveries should be started in 2016, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Tuesday.

“The execution of the contract on the supply of 50 Ka-52 helicopters to Egypt will be started in 2016 until 2018 inclusive,” the source said at the Dubai Airshow-2015 international aerospace exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.

According to the source, the OES-52 system will be also mounted on the Russian-made Ka-52K Katran ship-based helicopter that Egypt intends to purchase for its two universal Mistral class amphibious assault ships.

On Monday, head of Rostec State Corporation Sergei Chemezov said that Russia and Egypt might launch substantive negotiations on the supplies of the Ka-52K Katran helicopters for the Mistral class helicopter carriers only after the dismantlement of Russian equipment from the warships is completed. The equipment dismantling operation is conducted in France since September and is to be completed before the end of November. Since the equipment has not been removed, Russia has not yet received an official request from Egypt for the purchase of the helicopters, Chemezov said at the Dubai Airshow-2015.

“Egypt has not yet made the request because our equipment has not been dismantled yet from the Mistrals. As soon as the work is over, we’ll be able to offer both our equipment and our helicopters,” he said. “The dismantlement is carried out jointly by our and French specialists,” the Rostec chief said, without specifying the timeframe for the work completion.

The aggregate value of the dismantled equipment exceeds $10 million. In October, the first batch of the Russian-made equipment was removed from the helicopter carriers and sent to Russia – it comprises combat information management systems and missile weapons and artillery control systems. The communications systems will be next.

Egypt signed a contract on October 10 for purchasing two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships from France, which had been built for Russia. The ships are expected to be delivered to the new customer together with landing boats in the summer of 2016. A group of Russian specialists has been dismantling the Russian-made equipment from the helicopter carriers in France since late September. The DCNS Company that built the ships said that the equipment would be dismantled completely by the end of the year.

Previously, Russian president’s chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said that Russia was planning to supply equipment and helicopters for the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships that Egypt is buying from France and that the deal might exceed $1 billion.

According to the CEO of the Russian arms exporting company Rosoboronexport, Egypt has not addressed it yet to purchase Kamov Ka-52 helicopters (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) and the equipment being dismantled from the Mistral-class helicopter carriers at the moment.

Russia planned to use Kamov Ka-52K helicopters on board the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships before cancelling the contract. A source in the sphere of military and technical cooperation with foreign states told TASS on October 20, “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.” According to the source, the Russian Navy planned to order 32 helicopters of the type for the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships.

Afghanistan Wants to Buy Russian Choppers After Moscow’s Success in Syria

The Russia's Helicopters aerobatic team performs at the MAKS 2015 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow.


Russia’s share in the global arms market is growing, despite the increased competition. The popularity of Russian arms is increasing due to their high quality and the growth of Russia’s political authority.

Moscow’s well-prepared operation in Syria has once again demonstrated the reliability and efficiency of Russian weapons and professionalism of Russian military experts. New potential partners are establishing contact with Russia with the intention to sign arms contracts, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

The US, for its turn, has to grit its teeth tight as Washington now has to admit its geopolitical and economic failures.

The US strategists have been trying to keep the Afghan authorities under constant control, but Kabul is nevertheless turning towards Moscow. The Kabul government asked Russia to supply artillery and Mi-35 combat helicopters to fight numerous extremists, whose number significantly increased after the US military operation in the country.The Kabul’s request is a serious blow to Washington, and the US press reacted to it immediately. Some American journalists write in their usual manner that Russia would “seize” the opportunity and create an additional reason for confrontation with the United States.

However, other media sources and experts have a more balanced view. They believe that Moscow’s new foreign policy would make the Afghan politicians view Russia as a new reliable and trusted ally in the context of Western military forces’ withdrawal from the country.

Serbia interested in weapons supplies from Russia — PM

BELGRADE, October 25. /TASS/. Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday weapons supplies will be one of the topics for discussion during his visit to Russia due to take place next week.

“When we manufacture the Nora howitzer we need Kamaz frames that are capable of carrying more than 35 tonnes, and this is one of the grounds for talks with the Russians. Second topic is the artillery gun 242 we install on the Lazar armoured vehicle,” he told journalists.

According to Vucic, his country has already ordered two transport helicopters from Russia. “Now we will have to and we have already begun to look at buying combat helicopters, because some of our neighbours have already received 16 Kiowa helicopters,” he said [The US Congress approved supplies of 16 such helicopters to Croatia this year – TASS].

He said Serbia was keeping a close eye on what was going on in neighbouring countries and “cannot allow any violation of the balance of forces in the region.”

Although “Serbia is a small country and a small nation,” it will always have as much means of defense as necessary, “so that no one could ever think of using force against Serbia,” Vucic said, adding that his country’s government was tightly working on that matter.

Russia, China to Close Joint Helicopter Construction Deal in May

Mi-26 T2 multi role transport helicopter showcased at the static exposition of the MAKS-2011 International Aviation and Space Show.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday that the Chinese are “very interested” in the project and both sides are ready to sign final agreement.

HANGZHOU (Sputnik) – Russia and China plan on signing a final agreement in May after “dotting all the i’s” in the joint construction of a series of helicopters, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday.

“Yesterday, we agreed on the final details with this big project…Therefore, we hope that already in May we will dot all the i’s and sign the final document,” Rogozin said after a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang in Eastern China.


Rogozin added that the Chinese are “very interested” in the project and are one of the main investors in it. According to Rogozin, the project is seen as a commercial deal.“We have informed the Chinese side that today Russia’s aviation engine construction has the ability to build an engine that may be used in the Russian-Chinese helicopter,” Rogozin said.

Last year Rogozin said the modernization of the Russian Mi-26 Halo helicopter would make the aircraft lighter, but its cargo capacity would retain its prior limits of up to 15 metric tons.


Pentagon Insists on Buying Russian Helicopters for Afghanistan – Rosoboronexport

Mi-17B5 "Hip" transport helicopters for the Afghan Army

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ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow Region), August 14 (RIA Novosti) – The Pentagon is insisting on the purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan regardless of US Congress protests, the delegation head of Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

“Regardless of [US] congressmen’s protests, different types of substitution, switching over to US production, the American military in the Pentagon are persistently insisting on purchasing Russian helicopters,” Igor Sevastianov said at an international arms exhibition in the Moscow Region.

Russia earlier signed three contracts with the Pentagon on the delivery of more than 70 Mi-17B5 “Hip” transport helicopters for the Afghan Army.

The international Oboronexpo 2014 military technology exhibition is taking place in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region, from August 13 to 17. The event is expected to see in attendance 250 Russian firms and 11 foreign companies from Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Germany, India, China, the United States of America, France, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland.

The expo provides an opportunity for discussions and cooperation among industry players. The equipment and hardware showcased at the exhibition can also be seen in action at a range located at the exhibition site.

Russia Sees End to Cooperation With US on Helicopter Supplies

Russia Sees End to Cooperation With US on Helicopter Supplies

MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti) – Russia sees no future prospects for cooperating with the United States in delivering additional Mi-17V-5 helicopters to Afghanistan, a representative of state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Thursday.

“We see no further prospects of cooperation with the Americans, especially since they are planning to leave Afghanistan,” Vladislav Kuzmichev told RIA Novosti at the HeliRussia 2014 expo.

It was reported yesterday that Russia was ready to send another batch of nine Mi-17V-5 helicopters to Afghanistan.

Russia has already delivered a total of 45 of the military transport helicopters to Afghanistan. The first contract for the supply of 21 helicopters was signed in 2011 by the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the US government and has already been completed.

In 2013, Russia finished delivering 12 additional Mi-17V-5 helicopters under a 2012 option. Later that year, Rosoboronexport signed another contract for the delivery of 30 helicopters. The overall contracts for the 63 Mi-17V-5 helicopters are estimated to be worth around $1.3 billion.

In light of the Ukrainian crisis, the US and EU imposed sanctions against Russia. Following the decision, lobbyists tried to nullify the contract for helicopters, but the Pentagon refused, saying that the existing contract must be executed.

Moreover, the Pentagon opposed sanctions against Rosoboronexport. As a result, the company remains unaffected by the Western sanctions.

Russia Ready to Send New Batch of Mi-17 Helicopters to Afghanistan Under US Deal

Russia Ready to Send New Batch of Mi-17 Helicopters to Afghanistan Under US Deal

MOSCOW, May 21 (RIA Novosti) – The next batch of nine Russian Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters under a contract with the United States is ready to be delivered to the Afghan army, the head of the Rosoboronexport delegation at the HeliRussia 2014 expo said Wednesday.

“As of April 2014, a total of 12 helicopters and equipment have been supplied to Afghanistan, and work has been done to build and receive another nine helicopters at various stages,” Vladislav Kuzmichev said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

The fate of the contract for the 30 military transport helicopters depends on the fulfillment of commitments by the US and Russia, Kuzmichev said, adding that there are no grounds to cancel the deal.

Amid the crisis in Ukraine, which the West blames on Russia, the US and the EU introduced sanctions against Moscow. While lobby groups called for a cancellation of the helicopter deal, the Pentagon said it would abide by its contracts.

Media reports said the Pentagon had requested the US Congress postpone sanctions against Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport to allow it to fulfill its helicopter deliveries to Afghanistan.

The company, Russia’s only state-run mediator for the import and export of arms, was not targeted by the sanctions imposed against a number of Russian firms and officials amid the crisis in Ukraine.

Russia has delivered a total of 45 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters to Afghanistan. The first contract for the supplies of 21 helicopters was signed between Rosoboronexport and the US government in May 2011 and has been completed.

Last year, Russia completed the deliveries of 12 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters under a 2012 option. The same year, Rosoboronexport signed another contract for the delivery of 30 additional helicopters. The overall contracts for the 63 Mi-17V-5 helicopters are estimated to be worth around $1.3 billion.