Egypt to receive President-S countermeasures systems from Russia

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Egypt will in the coming weeks take delivery of President-S countermeasures suites from Russia’s KRET Enterprise. Egypt’s order was confirmed in January.

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.

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.