Russia and Egypt are negotiating over supplies of communication equipment and helicopters for the amphibious helicopter carriers Mistral, Russian presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin said on September 6.
“There’ve been no contracts so far, but the talks are in progress,” the Russian state-run TASS news agency cited Kozhin.
According to Kozhin, Cairo would like to purchase both the helicopters and radio-electronic equipment.
We remind, in 2011, France signed a contract with Russia for building two Mistral ships. In 2014 it froze the delivery of Mistrals over the crisis in Ukraine. Moscow and Paris agreed to sever the contract in August 2015. As result, Russia had back about 949 million euros and the installed Russian equipment. Then, Egypt agreed to buy the both ships and signed the contract with France in October 2015.
Russia and Egypt are currently discussing the supply of communication and control systems and the Ka-52K helicopters (deck configuration of the Ka-52 helicopter Alligator) for the Mistrals.