Algeria receives more Mi-28s


Russia has delivered another two Mi-28NE attack helicopters to Algeria, bringing the total number delivered so far to six, out of a contract for 42.

Another two rotorcraft were delivered in late June, according to MenaDefense, which added that six have been delivered so far while another four have been delivered to Iraq.

Russia delivered the first two Mi-28NEs in late May. Photos posted by defence blog Secret Difa3 show two Mi-28NEs in Algerian colours being unloaded from what was apparently an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft in Algeria on 26 May.

Algeria is getting dual control versions of the Mi-28NE, with Russian Helicopters announcing on 16 March that its Rostvertol plant had begun mass production of the dual control model.

Algeria is the third Mi-28NE operator after Iraq and Russia. It has also ordered 14 Mi-26T2 heavy lift helicopters from Russia. The first was delivered in June 2015. It is believed these helicopters were ordered in late 2013.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), some Algerian helicopter deliveries over the last 15 years include 42 Mi-171Sh armed helicopters received between 2002 and 2004, nine AS355N light helicopters delivered in 2005; three Bell 412Eps delivered from Canada in 2002 and 16 Mi-24V/Mi-35 helicopters from the Ukraine, delivered in 2001/2.

AgustaWestland has done substantial business in Algeria, and sold a total of 78 helicopters to the North African country worth around $1.3 billion over the last five years. The Algerian Air Force, Presidency, Gendarmerie, Marine, Police Service and civil protection units have acquired large numbers of AgustaWestland helicopters. This includes eight AW101s, 24 AW109s (ten for the Police and 14 for the Gendarmerie, eight AW119 Koalas for pilot training, 20 AW139s (six for the Civil Protection Department, 11 for the Air Force and three for the Navy) and ten Super Lynx for the Navy. Polish-based Swidnik has also supplied helicopters to Algeria, with eight W-3A Sokols being delivered in 2014.