Russian ship-based Ka-52K combat helicopters will be deployed on Mistral-class amphibious assault ships that former French President François Hollande, under pressure from his NATO allies, sold to Egypt instead of Russia. The next important task is to reach an agreement on the helicopter’s technical specifications before it goes into service in the Egyptian Navy.
“We need to discuss the helicopter’s specifications and the financial conditions. In other words, we need to carry out difficult pre-contractual work,” said Dmitry Shugayev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, at the Le Bourget air show.
The Ka-52K Katran is the only combat helicopter in the world that can carry large anti-ship missiles used by naval aviation.
“It’s equipped with our latest Kh-35 and Kh-31 anti-ship cruise missiles. Simply put, it’s a ‘flying tank’ with cruise missiles,” said Dmitry Safonov, a military analyst at Izvestiya newspaper.
The Ka-52K is intended for patrolling, providing support to an assault force during amphibious landings, as well as for defensive missions on the front lines and in the rear.