BY: DOMINIC PERRY
Russian Helicopters is on track to deliver this year the first examples of the Kamov Ka-52 attack rotorcraft to export customer Egypt.
Parent company Rostec confirms that the first of an eventual 46 Alligators will be handed over to Cairo this year.
Dating from an order revealed in December 2015, the helicopters will operate from a pair of French-built Mistral-class amphibious assault ships acquired by the Egyptian navy.
Flight Fleets Analyzer lists Algeria as the only other export buyer for the Ka-52, with an order for 12 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019.
Russian Helicopters holds a total of 115 commitments for the twin Klimov VK-2500-powered helicopters records Fleets Analyzer, the majority from the Russian defence ministry under a contract running until 2020.