Further Algerian Mi-26 deliveries underway


Deliveries of a second batch of Mi-26T2 heavy lift helicopters to the Algerian Air Force is underway, with the aircraft seen transiting Italy.

Photos posted on Twitter show two of the aircraft, the seventh and eighth to be delivered, apparently in Italy in late January. They aircraft were seen undergoing flight testing in Russia around August last year.

The Algerian Air Force has 14 Mi-26T2s on order from Russian Helicopters, from two batches of six and eight aircraft. Deliveries began in June 2015 and are set to conclude this year. The agreement signed via Rostvertol includes training of Algerian pilots and technicians.

The Algerian Air Force is basing its Mi-26T2s at Biskra Air Base.

The modernised Mi-26T2 features a night vision compatible glass cockpit and improved avionics and can lift 20 tons of payload.

Russian Helicopters is also delivering 42 Mi-28NE attack helicopters to Algeria. The first six arrived in May-June 2016.