The first two Mil Mi-26T2 heavy-lift helicopters for the Algerian air force have been delivered in country according to reports that the type has been seen in the force’s markings flying over its new home at Biskra AFB.
An Mi-26 was seen flying via Kefalonia in Greece on its way to Biskra on 9 June. Flight tests for the aircraft started in Russia on 25 December 2014.
Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows that Algeria now has two of a six-strong order, and the nation has options for a further six according to the contract that was signed in June 2013.
Algeria has also ordered 42 examples of the Mi-28 attack helicopter according to Ascend, with deliveries expected to commence this summer.
Algiers has also ordered a number of AgustaWestland rotary types for cross-service applications. Exact numbers are unclear, but it is thought that some 100 aircraft manufactured by the company and its Polish PZL-Swidnik subsidiary are to be acquired.
The Algerian navy is due to receive six Super Lynx helicopters in the latter part of 2015, and deliveries of other AgustaWestland types are under way.