Russian Helicopters to press on with Ka-52 helicopter despite French Mistral dispute

13/05/2015

Ka 52 HelicopterRussian Helicopters  is to carry on with its customisation of the Ka-52 helicopter, despite France’s refusal to deliver the two Mistral warships that were supposed to be their carriers, the country’s Ministry of Defence assured the manufacturer this week. Russian Helicopters had asked for the assurance after France halted delivery of the Mistral carriers last year in response to Russia’s support of separatist militias in Ukraine.
A reported 32 of the Ka-52s – whose standard design had been customised with folding rotor blades and winglets for storage in the ships’ hangars – had originally been ordered by the Ministry. The helicopters may end up being redeployed for service along Russia’s coasts, Russian Helicopters Deputy Director Alexei Shibitov has suggested.