Algerian Ministry of Defense placed an order for 48 new helicopters, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Jane's. The value of this contract is about $2,7 billion. Under the agreement Russia will deliver 42 Mi-28N attack helicopters and 6 heavy transport Mi-26T2s to Algeria.
Besides deliveries of the new helicopters, the contract also includes upgrade of multi-role Mi-8 rotorcraft operated by Algerian army. These vehicles will be upgraded to Mi-8AMTSh version. The helicopters will be fitted with the armored cockpit, electro-optical surveillance and target recognition systems, and weapon carriage components.
The new helicopters will be manufactured by Rostov-based Rostvertol, part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company. Mi-8 helicopters will be upgraded by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. We remind you that photos of Mi-28N and Mi-26T2 helicopters undergoing testing in Algeria were posted via Internet earlier. Presumably, these pictures were taken in 2012. The testing was being carried out in the suburbs of Tamanrasset (Algeria).
Algerian Ministry of Defense was being purchasing significant numbers of helicopters over the last few years: in particular, 6 multi-role AW101 helicopters (Italia) and 4 Super Lynx 300s, along with 4 W-3 Sokol (Poland).