The Russian Defense Ministry will purchase 114 more Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, Gazeta.ru reports, referencing the deputy head of the ministry Yuri Borisov.
“We have summed up the results for 2017, and discussed our plans for the next decade. We have agreed on a new contract for 114 more combat helicopters,” Borisov said after a meeting.
He explained that the contract will be concluded within the framework of the new state armament program.
The Ka-52 Alligator, which has been in operation since 2011, is one of the Russian Air Force’s most advanced helicopters.
They are equipped with a caliber 2A42-1 aircraft gun, and can also carry a Strelets missile system, launch systems for guided missiles such as Ataka and Vikhr-1, as well as a launch system for S-8 unguided missiles.
The machine is propelled by a coaxial rotor system, a trademark of the Kamov design bureau that developed it, while the design gives the helicopter extreme maneuverability.
The helicopters made their combat debut in Syria, where they supported the operations to free Palmyra.
Earlier, it was reported that the Russian Air Force will receive more than 100 aircraft and helicopters in 2018.
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