Algeria has ordered a total of 14 Mil Mi-26T2 Halo heavylift helicopters for its Air Force. It was already known that an initial contract for six had been signed by Algeria, but Russia’s Interfax-AVN military news agency confirmed on August 19 that a second order has been placed for a further eight of these helicopters.
The contract for the first six was reportedly signed on June 26, 2013, but it is unclear when the second order was finalised. The first of the Algerian Air Force Mi-26T2s made its maiden flight from the factory at Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on December 25. The first two were then delivered on June 9, when they arrived at Biskra Air Base, from where they are now operational.
A further two will be delivered before the end of this year and two more will follow early next year, completing the first contract. Deliveries from the second contract will then commence, will all of the additional eight due to be in service by the end of 2017. The deal with Russia also includes training of Algerian pilots and technicians. Alan Warnes