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Pakistan Receives 4 Advanced Attack Helicopters From Russia
Monday 04, September 2017

The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps (PAAC) took delivery of four Russian-made Mi-35M attack helicopters, Pakistan's Defense Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) confirmed in this year's International Military-Technical Forum (Army 2017), which took place August 22-27 in Moscow, according to local media reports.
"The contract was signed, we received all four cars [Mi-35Ms] and now we get new equipment," DEPOs Brigadier told reporters in Moscow. PAAC are now getting acquainted with the new equipment. Based on the gunships' performance a follow-up order for additional helicopters is under consideration, Mumtaz said. The general also noted that other Pakistani military equipment with the helicopters.
Russia officially lifted an arms embargo against Pakistan, in place with the Soviet-Afghan War, in June 2014.
Enjoying this article? Click here for full access. Just $ 5 a month.Pakistan and Russia agreed to the $ 153 million helicopter deal during then-Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif's visit to Russia in June 2016. indicate that PAAC could purchase a total of 20 Mi-35 helicopters in the coming years. "The Mi-25M is a formidable weapons platform, the Mi-25M is a formidable weapons platform, as I noted elsewhere (See: "Confirmed: Pakistan Is Buying New Attack Helicopters From Russia"):
The Mi-35M attack helicopter, the export version of the Mi-24 gunship, was developed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and has been produced in Russia since 2005. The aircraft has been exported to Azerbaijan, Brazil, Iraq, and Venezuela.
The company of Russian Helicopters notes that the Mi-35 is particularly suited for mountainous terrain and can be deployed. The website notes that the helicopter offers, "the use of guided and unguided weapons in the regular and challenging conditions of the climate" and is "operational for attack flights at altitudes of 10-25 m daytime and 50 m at night over land or water."
The helicopter can be deployed for up to 1,500 kg internally and 2,400 kg externally.
It is unknown in what configuration the helicopters were delivered. The gunship is fitted with a mounted twin-barrel GSh-23V 23 millimeter cannon, and can also carry 80 and 120 millimeter rockets, as well as anti-tank guided missiles. The Pakistan Army is focused on enhancing its close-air support capability for counter-insurgency operations as well as anti-tank warfare.

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