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Russia to deliver 15 Ka-52s to Egypt by year-end

A Kamov Ka-52.Russian Helicopters will deliver 15 Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters to Egypt by the end of the year, and has already handed over the first three.

This is according to Andrei Boginsky, general director of Russian Helicopters, who disclosed this to RIA Novosti on 22 August during the Army 2017 defence exhibition currently underway in Russia.

He said that the first three Ka-52s have already been handed over and are being used to train Egyptian personnel, while another three will be delivered this month.

Earlier this month Russian Helicopters announced it had concluded training of the first batch of Egyptian personnel on the Ka-52, with a total of 30 pilots and 70 technicians undergoing training in Russia this year.

The first batch of Egyptian specialists arrived at the Progress plant on 1 June 2017. 24 technical specialists and 10 pilots have undergone two and a half months of training. This included training on ground support equipment and at the firing range.

The first batch of flight crew are still undergoing training, and this will conclude in September this year. In total, some 30 Egyptian pilots and over 70 technicians divided in three batches will undergo training in Russia this year.

In mid-2017 the Egyptian military accepted the first three of 46 Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, which were delivered from the Progress plant in the Primorsk region of Russia.

In 2015 Egypt agreed to acquire 46 conventional Ka-52 Alligator helicopters. The first, seen in desert camouflage, was spotted at the Progress engine factory in June. Deliveries are set to take place between 2017 and 2019.

Egypt is also looking to acquire navalised Ka-52K Katran helicopters, with the International Cooperation Department Chief of Russia’s Rostec state corporation, Viktor Kladov, announcing Egypt’s intentions in this regard in June.