During a meeting in Moscow, the Defense Ministers of Russia and Egypt agreed that Russia would train Egyptian Kamov Ka-52K ‘Katran’ helicopter pilots. An indication that Moscow and Cairo are close to conclude a contract for the ‘Katran’ helicopters, which will be deployed on the newly-purchased Mistral-class amphibious assault ship.
Sources from the Russian Ministry of Defense added that the Egyptians have to decide as to which elements of combat training is most necessary for their pilots, and accordingly formulate the requirements.
The source added that, the Egyptians have until the end of the year to send all documents to Moscow, and afterwards Russia will develop a training program.
For the past couple of years, Egypt has been fighting terrorism in Sinai and coping with the consequences of the ongoing civil war in bordering Libya.
The Egyptian Mistral was initially going to be supplied to Russia, however the sale was blocked by the French side due to the ongoing conflict in easter Ukraine.