Algeria Wants Russian Mi-28NE Havoc

Another foreign order has been announced yesterday by Russian state-owned Rostovondon.  This time it’s the North African country of Algeria.  It has not been released as to how many the Algerian armed forces want, but that will likely be made public within the next month.  Algeria is familiar with Russian helicopters with older versions of the Mi-24 Hind.  Expect more orders.

Russian helicopter manufacturer Rostvertol says it is engaged in talks with Algeria regarding the sale of Mi-28NE attack helicopters.

Rostvertol, the attack helicopter arm of the state-owned Russian Helicopters holding company, made the announcement yesterday. “A commercial proposal has already been sent [to Algeria] and this year we will start discussions. We hope to sign a contract for delivery in the 2012-17 timeframe,” said Rosvertol general director Boris Slyusar.

Rostvertol has not indicated how many aircraft Algeria is interested in purchasing, nor the price they would pay.

To date, only the Russian armed forces and Venezuela have ordered the Mi-28 ‘Havoc’, which is being introduced into Russian service. Venezuela is yet to receive its ten helicopters, which it ordered last year. Meanwhile, India is showing interest in acquiring either Mi-28s or Boeing AH-64 Apaches in a 22 helicopter deal.

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Hugo Chavez: “I’m in Love with China”

Just as the US hit foreign companies with sanctions such as Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSA oil company, Hugo Chavez was over in China meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping praising China’s investment’s in Venezuela.

“Viva China!” Chavez exclaimed during a televised meeting with business leaders from Beijing, thanking them for helping set up mobile phone factories and build railways and public housing in Venezuela. He gushed: “I’m in love with China.”

The relationship is driven in part by Chavez’s eagerness to form alliances that exclude the U.S. But it’s also good business for Chinese companies: Venezuela says it has been exporting to China about 460,000 barrels a day, about 20 percent of its oil exports, according to official figures. It hopes to double that soon.

“Venezuela has what we need,” said Chen Ping, political counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Caracas. “And we also have what they need, for example technology … Therefore we can help each other mutually.”

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