GABORONE, Botswana — Russian air defense equipment manufacturer Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) said it will deliver 28 units of the President-S onboard defense system to the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) by July.
Kolesov said Algeria has made a firm commitment of intent to acquire the system, which is compatible with its 12 new Russian-made Mi-26T helicopters and the 42 Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters recently ordered from Moscow.
Egypt plans to deploy the system on the 46 Kamov Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters ordered from Russia to equip the Egyptian Navy's two Mistral-class helicopter carrier vessels ordered from France last year.
Meanwhile, Algeria also expressed interest in acquiring up to 10 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole aircraft after being impressed with its successful debut in the Russian Aerospace Forces counterterrorism campaign in Syria in 2015.
A Russian military-industrial source told Kommersant that Algeria requested and has been testing a single Su-35 since December 2015. He said the country indicated it could acquire up to 10 Su-35s for a cost of up to $900 million.
In January, Russia confirmed an Algerian order of 12 Su-32 Fullback fighter bombers at an estimated cost of $600 million.