Algeria confirms Buk delivery

Algeria’s acquisition of Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems has effectively been confirmed by the August issue of the People’s National Army’s (ANP) El-Djeichmagazine. The publication included an article covering the ‘Majd 2017’ exercise held in July, which was supported by a collage of Algerian military equipment – including a transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle […]

Algerian MEKOs to Test Umkhonto Air Defense in 2017

The Denel group said on 30 November that “extensive testing” of the Umkhonto air defense systems installed on Algeria’s two new MEKO A200 frigates is scheduled to take place in 2017. The Denel statement did not name Algeria as the operator of the frigates, but described the two vessels that Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has […]

Russia Continues Major Arms Deliveries to Algeria

Russia is Algeria’s primary military hardware supplier, and continues to deliver land, sea and air equipment, including T-90 main battle tanks, Mi-28NE attack helicopters and Mi-26T2 heavy transport helicopters. A Russian defence industry source told Russian news agency TASS that Russian defence exports to Algeria amounted to $457 million last year and Russia has supplied […]

Algeria Receives Third Chinese-Built C28A Corvette

The Algerian Navy has received its third Chinese-built C28A guided-missile corvette, according to a report by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The vessel, which has been named Ezzadjer with pennant number 922, was handed over to the Algerian Navy on 12 July in Shanghai. Ezzadjer is the final platform of a three-vessel contract signed between the […]

Algeria Receives Two More Mi-28NE Helos

Algeria took the delivery of two more Mil Mi-28NE ‘Night Hunter’ (NATO reporting name: Havoc-B) combat helicopters in late June, according to the local media outlets. “Algeria received two dual-control Mi-28NE combat helicopters from Russia in late June, 2016. The delivery was fulfilled within time limits specified by Moscow and Algiers. The related acceptance act […]

Algeria Commissions First MEKO A-200 Frigate

Algeria’s first MEKO A-200 frigate was commissioned in Algiers on 21 April in a ceremony attended by Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, who serves as both the chief-of-staff of the military and deputy defence minister. The Ministry of Defence said the arrival of Erradii (910) marked an important step in Algeria’s naval modernisation programme. Built […]

Algeria Increases Order of Russian-made Mi-28 Helos to 42

The Algerian Air Force (AAF) has ramped up its order of Russian-made Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” attack helicopters from the eight initially reported in January to 42, the Russian-language newspaper RIA-Novosti reported. Quoting an unnamed military-industrial source last week, Russian media outlets RIA-Novosti and TASS said Algeria and Iraq have become the first international customers of the Mi-28NE helicopter […]

Algeria to Get Dual-Control Mi-28 Helicopters

The Mil Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters that Algeria has ordered will have dual controls, the Interfax news agency cited a source in Russia’s arms export structures as saying on 18 March. The source said the dual-control variant had been specifically developed for Algeria and that the North African country has ordered about 40 Mi-28NEs. […]

Algeria Commissions Second Chinese-Built C28A Corvette

The Algerian Navy has commissioned a second China-built C28A guided missile corvette, according to a report carried by the semi-official Chinese newspaper PLA Daily on 15 March and corroborated by IHS Jane’s with Algerian internet sources. The vessel, which has been named El Fatih and given the pennant number 921, was commissioned in Algiers on […]

Algerian Navy Commissions First Meko Frigate

The Algerian Navy has commissioned the first of two Meko frigates at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Germany, and will take delivery of the vessel in the coming months. The first frigate was named Harrad (Deterrent) during the commissioning on 23 February at the TKMS yard in Kiel, reports Navy Recognition. It will apparently be […]