Russian sailors stand in formation in front of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok in Saint-Nazaire, France. Source: Reuters
Russia is ready to supply to Egypt a batch of Kamov Ka-52K shipborne helicopters if Egypt reaches a final agreement with the French authorities on the purchase of Mistral-class helicopter carriers, a source in the sphere of military-technical cooperation told Interfax-AVN.
"Moscow will not impede this deal [the provision of the Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Egypt] and is ready to offer Egypt the shipborne helicopters developed specially for these vessels," the source told Interfax.
He added that a flexible payment system is possible here, including the provision of a loan to buy the helicopters.
The Ka-52K is a shipborne helicopter based on the all-weather Ka-52 combat helicopter Alligator. It has two modernized VK-2500 engines (each has a capacity of 2,400 hp). The forebody contains a two-seat cockpit containing new generation equipment. The pilots' seats are equipped with ejection mechanisms. The shipborne helicopter has folding blades.
On August 5, the presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Francois Hollande of France made a final decision on the future of the two helicopter carriers that the sides had tried to make for almost a year. On that day over €1 billion in compensation was transferred to a settlement account in one of the banks and then to the Russian Federal Treasury (€950 million for the refusal to supply the vessels and €67.5 million for the garboards).
On September 23, the French paper La Tribune reported, citing its sources, that an Egyptian delegation was having negotiations on the purchase of the Mistral-class helicopter carriers and Gowind corvettes. The Elysee Palace later confirmed it.
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