Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Egypt: First 3 out of 46 Ka-52 Alligator helicopters delivered by Russia

(Egypt) As I mentioned previously the Islamist Government of the Muslim Brotherhood was removed by the military at the behest of the population who took to the streets in their millions to protest at how the Leader of the MB had afforded himself and his petty thugs absolute power.  The liberals in the West, couldn't handle the fact that the vast majority of Egyptians wanted nothing to do with the MB and so they demanded that the MB as the elected government be returned to power. The Egyptians took no notice and saw a certain Human rights lawyer who was living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC become very angry and so he punished Egypt by holding back arms sales to the country. (Thankfully the US Senate saw more sense)  The problem here is at a stroke Obama alienated those Arab nations on the side of the West (Egypt/Saudi Arabia/ Gulf states) and in doing so he allowed others to take his place , which destabilised the region. Saudi Arabia started buying weapons from China . Egypt bought a load of Jets and 2 huge assault ships from France. Instead of using its Apache Helicopters (Egypt has 43)  they purchased 46 Ka-52Ks from Russia in which to bolster its Naval air arm and nobody trusted the US whilst Obama was in the White house.

The Ka-52K Katran Helicopter is a ship-based version of the Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and combat helicopter which was designed for operations aboard the French-built Mistral-class amphibious assault ships which Russia was going to purchase. When that sale fell through and the 2 ships went to Egypt. The Russians managed to get one over the Obama administration by selling them to Cairo.

Based on the airframe of the Ka-52 Alligator, which itself is a modified variant of the Ka-50 attack helicopter. The equipment and systems of the helicopter have been modified to suit naval operations. It features an advanced glass cockpit, which accommodates two pilots in side-by-side layout. It can be operated by either pilot and is equipped with advanced avionics and powerful weapon systems, which can be configured for different roles. The helicopter carries a 2A42-1 30mm automatic cannon and high-fragmentation, explosive incendiary, or armour-piercing rounds. It is also capable of launching Kh-31 and Kh-35 air-to-surface missiles.

Well this week the first 3 of 46 arrived in Egypt. Way to go Obama.