Algeria commissioned two kilo-class Russian submarines- Ouarsenis and Hoggar, at the Mers El Kébir naval base in Oran, on Wednesday.
The submarines are part of a 2013-2014 order for two new Project 636 Varshavyanka (Kilo class) vessels . The project 636 Kilo class vessels are a more advanced version of the naval diesel-electric attack submarine 877 Paltus, defenceWeb reported Thursday.
The tear-drop hulled submarine is 72.6m long, 9.9m wide and can dive to 300 meters. Underwater, it reportedly has a speed of up to 25 knots. The submarine has an endurance of 45 days.
The attack submarines are intended for anti-shipping and anti-submarine operations in shallow waters. The Project 636 boats have improved sonar systems, 533 mm torpedo tubes. They carry up to 18 homing or wire-guided torpedoes, or 24 AM-1 mines. They are can also be fitted with four Kalibr cruise missiles.
Algeria has apparently also ordered two additional Kilo 877EKM vessels, for delivery in 2020-2022, the report added.
An Algerian military plane crashed in northern Algeria killing at least 257 people, the first major plane disaster in the country, the defence ministry said Wednesday. The incident happened shortly after the aircraft, an Ilyushin Il-76, took off from Boufarik military airport near the capital Algiers today morning
Algeria has reportedly ordered Russian-built BMPT Terminator tank combat vehicles in a contract signed in April 2016, local news daily reports. According to Algerian news daily
Algeria showcased two modified self-propelled artillery systems for the first time to the public during a Military Industry Fair on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of its independence and Youth Day early July. The military show displayed a 122 mm D-30 (2A18) howitzer fitted on a 6x6 Mercedes-Benz Zetros vehicle and a 100 mm MT-12 (2A29) anti-tank gun mounted on a 6x6 Zetros truck, defenceWeb reports Tuesday
Leonardo Finmeccanica has signed industrial and trade partnership agreement with Algerian Ministry of defense last month to establish a joint company to produce light and medium weight category helicopters at an industrial site. After the completion of the facility and during the early years of activity, the joint company aims to manufacture three different AgustaWestland helicopter types for various uses including transport, medical evacuation, surveillance and control, the company announced Friday
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