Egypt and Algeria have ordered President-S countermeasures suites from Russia’s KRET Enterprise, with Egypt expected to take delivery in the coming weeks.
Egypt’s order was confirmed in January, while Algeria’s order was revealed earlier this month, along with orders from Belarus and India. KRET CEO Nikolai Kolesov last week told TASS that the number being delivered to Algeria is classified.
He said the contracts would be executed over the next three years. It is assumed that Algeria’s President-S systems will be used on its Mi-26T and Mi-28NE helicopters. Deliveries of the Mi-26Ts have already begun, while delivery of around 40 Mi-28NEs is expected to begin soon. Algeria is getting a dual control version developed specifically for Algeria. Russian Helicopters said on 16 March it had begun mass production of the dual control version at it Rostvertol facility.
The President-S is an export version of the L370 Vitebsk system, developed by KRET’s Scientific-Research Institute Ekran division and fitted to some Russian air force helicopters and transport aircraft. It is designed to protect aircraft from air-launched and air defence missiles. It uses directed energy as well as countermeasures dispensers to disrupt the optical seekers of missiles.
According to KRET, the system has been successfully tested against Igla man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) and has even defeated two simultaneously launched missiles.
First deputy director of KRET, Igor Nasenkov, told Russian news agency TASS about the Egyptian deliveries on 18 March. “The deliveries will start in the imminent future, within several weeks,” Nasenkov said at a meeting of the KRET board.
The system will presumably be fitted to the 46 Ka-52K helicopters Egypt has ordered from Russia.
Kolesov this month said that “We expect to deliver 28 systems this year in line with the 2015 contract, but now we are preparing an agreement for 30 additional units, as the need of Egyptians in these systems is very high. I hope that this agreement will be signed in April-May this year.”
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) arms transfer database, Egypt has selected the Vikhr-1 and 9M120 Ataka (AT-9 Spiral-2) to equip the Ka-52s. Although a contract has not been signed yet, according to SIPRI, Egypt plans to buy 1 000 of each type of missile.