Egypt will order Kamov Ka-52K Katran naval attack helicopters in addition to the Ka-52 Alligator helicopters it has already ordered, a source close to Russia’s military-technical co-operation with other countries has told IHS Jane’s .

“In addition to the 50 Ka-52 Alligator attack/scout helicopters already ordered, Egypt intends to acquire Ka-52K navalised helicopters for its Mistrals and is making up its mind now on how many it wants,” he said. He added that, in his opinion, the Ka-52K contract would probably be signed in the first quarter of 2016.

Two Mistral helicopters carriers were built in France for the Russian Navy, but the contract had to be cancelled after the imposition of EU sanctions on Russia and the vessels are now being bought by Egypt. According to the source, the Russian Navy planned to order 16 Ka-52Ks for each Mistral in addition to Ka-27 combat search-and-rescue helicopters and Ka-29 assault transports. […]