Under the planned deal, Russia offers armament, communication and electronic warfare systems for the Egyptian navy's Mistral warships which may also be equipped with Russia's Ka-52K Katran helicopters.
Russian representatives said in early April that that everything is almost ready for the equipment's transportation, and that the parties only expect the signing of the contract.
Initially, the two Mistrals were built by France for the Russian navy but in August 2015, French President Francois Hollande decided to suspend the contract due to the events in eastern Ukraine.
Moscow and Paris breaking up the agreement was followed by Cairo's decision to buy the helicopter carriers for its navy.
Speaking to Sputnik, Dmitry Drozdenko, who is also deputy editor-in-chief of the Russian military magazine Arsenal Otechestva, expressed confidence that the parties will agree on the supply of Russian equipment for the Egyptian Mistrals.
Egypt ordered 46 Ka-52K helos from Russia in Dec 2015, for operation on their two Mistral Class LHDs, and should received first this year. pic.twitter.com/c6HFwhuP2x— SeaWaves Magazine (@seawaves_mag) 17 марта 2017 г.
He recalled that the helicopter carriers were built precisely in line with the Russian Armed Forces' requirements, which is why they are adapted to our radio electronic and arms equipment.
"In principle, Egypt has no choice regarding what equipment to install. Rather, it is the matter of price and delivery date. I am sure that the parties will finally reach a consensus and sign the contract," Drozdenko said, referring to Russia and Egypt.
"They were successfully tested in Syria during the deployment of our aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. The Ka-52 is a superb helicopter with unique attack capabilities, that is, for the first time the helicopter poses a real danger to modern combat ships," Drozdenko said.
"Given that the Mistral amphibious ships were specifically created for carrying Ka-52K helicopters, this contract will most likely be signed and the helicopters will already be delivered to the Egyptian expeditionary helicopter carriers," he concluded
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