Egypt to purchase fighter jets from Russia
The two Mistral-class helicopter carriers Sevastopol (L) and Vladivostok are seen at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France - REUTERS

CAIRO: Egypt will purchase Kamov Ka-52 helicopters for its new Mistral-class carrier from Russia, a military official told Youm7.

Egypt will negotiate a contract to buy helicopters for the newly-received first Mistral-class carrier, Youm7 reported Egyptian Commander in Chief of the Navy, Osama Rabie, as saying on Friday.

Both countries are working on procedures for the contract that will be signed soon, Rabie added during his visit to the French Mediterranean submarine base of Ablain-Saint Nazaire where an Egyptian delegation received the first mistral warship.

The warship named after the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser will arrive in Egyptian territorial water within two weeks. The second carrier, set to be named after the late Egyptian President Mohamed Anwar al Sadat, will be delivered to Egypt by September.

The manufacturing company, DCNS, said in a statement Thursday that it will send Egypt at least seven combat vessels by 2020.

In October 2014, Egypt and France signed a $1.06 billion deal on purchasing two Mistral-class warships, the deal was funded by Saudi Arabia. Originally, the warships were produced for Russia, but the deal has since been annulled due to the European sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis in 2014.


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