Russian-manufactured Kamov Ka-52 and AH-64D Apache attack helicopters of Egyptian Air Force had been spotted throughout Egyptian Naval Forces amphibious landing workouts in the Mediterranean on 11 December 2019.
Egyptian Air Force Ka-52 and AH-64D Apache helicopters had been recognized aboard for the ENS Gamal Abdel Nasser, a Landing Helicopter Dock of the French Mistral class. Notably, both helicopter types had been used on the Landing Helicopter Dock for the first time.
It needs to be reminded that in 2015 Egypt inked a pact with Rosoboronexport for the purchase of 46 Ka-52 fight helicopters, turning into the first overseas buyer of this type of helicopter.
Deliveries to Egypt of the export model of Ka-52 helicopters have been conducted since July 2017.
Also, talks are underway with Egypt on the sale of a batch of vessel-borne Ka-52K helicopters to him according to two Egyptian Mistral UDCs.
In 2015, Egypt made a contract with the French shipbuilding association DCNS to purchase two Mistral-type universal landing vessels built in France, originally for Russia.
Russia’s supply of those ships developed under the 2011 contract became impossible after the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions of the EU in August 2014.
The pact for the supply of those ships, which have been maintained at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, was formally terminated by the Russian and French parties on August 5, 2015. On August 23, 2015, a settlement was reached on the purchase of both UDC by Egypt.
The precise value of the agreement for Egypt’s purchase of two UDCs amounted to 950 million euros, and it is believed that Saudi Arabia mainly sponsored it.