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In 2015, France sold two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to the Egyptian Navy.
They were first supposed to join the Russian navy. They can now be spotted by Preligens AI IMINT detectors in Alexandria Port, Egypt.
The two Mistral-class Landing Carriers are detected by our AI vessel detector : L1020 Anouar el Sadate et L1010 Gamal Abdel Nasser. Hull number and deck code are visible on satellite imagery.
The two vessels are regularly in operations for the Egyptian Navy. In this image in 2019, we spot loading/unloading maneuvers.
Welcoming the two carriers required a huge infrastructure change in Alexandria Naval Base. See the new docks appearing between 2017 and 2021.
Russian Ka52 combat helicopters were supposed to equip those initially Russian vessels. So when France sold them to Egypt, Russia decided to sell the helicopters too.
Here are two of the three Egyptian squadrons of Ka52 detected in their base of Wali al Gandali in 2022.