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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