The Russian state arms export monopoly, Rosoboronexport, has completed the delivery of six Mi-26T2 heavy helicopters to Algeria, a defense industry source told Interfax-AVN on Feb.20.
"The fifth and sixth items from this shipment were delivered to Algeria in early 2016. So, the contract signed in 2013 has been fulfilled," the source said.
"Another contract was signed in 2015, under which Algeria will receive eight more Mi-26T2 helicopters by the end of 2017," he said.
"The contracts envision not only the delivery of helicopters but also the training of Algerian pilots and technicians," he said.
Rosoboronexport refrained from commenting on information on military-technological cooperation with Algeria.
The maximum certified takeoff weight of the standard version of the Mi-26 helicopter is 56 tonnes, and the maximum fuselage and external payload weight is 20 tonnes each. Its maximum speed is 295 km/h, cruising speed 255 km/h, service ceiling 4,600 meters, range without auxiliary fuel tanks and with 20 tonnes of cargo in the fuselage 590 kilometers and that without cargo and with four auxiliary tanks 1,920 kilometers.
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