The Egyptian military released footage of Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters operating from one of its Mistral landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships for the first time on 4 January.
Two Ka-52s were seen taking off and landing on the deck of Gamal Abdel Nasser, which also carried two AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and a Chinook transport helicopter. Unlike the Apaches, which were fitted with rocket pods, the Ka-52s were not seen carrying anything on their hardpoints, although they have a fixed 30 mm gun on their starboard side.
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