The Russian military will receive 16 new Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters this year as part of Russia’s ongoing rearmament effort, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said Monday.
Visiting the factory where the helicopters are built, Borisov said that “beginning in April they will start being accepted into the military and delivered to the troops,” according to news agency TASS.
The Ka-52 Alligator (NATO reporting name: Hokum-A) is Russia’s newest attack helicopter, having only gone into service with the military in 2011.
The helicopters are adept at close air support for ground troops, and the navy selected them to outfit two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered from France in 2011. However, Paris froze delivery of the ships last year due to Russia’s alleged support of rebels in Ukraine.