MOSCO, RAWALPINDI – Pakistan signed a deal with Russia to purchase four MI-35 helicopters. Sources revealed that the agreement was signed by top defence officials from both countries in Rawalpindi district of Punjab, Pakistan.
Both nations were arranging the arrangement for as long as year, flagging a noteworthy defrost in relations between the two Cold War rivals.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif went to Russia in June, after which a draft contract was made for the conveyance of four Mi-35M battle helicopters to Pakistan from Russia.
General Raheel Sharif spent around 15 hours at an arms expo which included Russia’s front line weapons and military hardware.
Toward the end of last year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a visit to Pakistan to talk about two-sided protection collaboration with the Pakistani initiative.
The CEO of Russia’s Rostec Company, Sergey Chemezov, had likewise said Russia had lifted its ban on conveyance of military equipment and combat hardware to Pakistan and arrangements were being hung on conveying helicopters.
Pakistan currently has a number of ‘Mi-17? helicopters delivered by the US to assist in the fight against militancy.
The Mi-35 helicopter is an exceedingly modernized version of the Mi-24 combat helicopter with new onboard equipment and avionics. It also has a more powerful engine and a different tail rotor.
Pakistan and Russia signed a bilateral defence cooperation agreement aimed at strengthening military-to-military relations in November last year.
The multi-role Mi-35M attack helicopter is a comprehensive modernization of the Mi-24V. The Mi-35M was developed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, and has been series produced at Rostvertol since 2005.
Combat use of guided and unguided weapons in regular and challenging climate conditions;
Operational for attack flights at altitudes of 10-25 m daytime and 50 m at night over land or water. For round-the-clock combat use, the Mi-35M is equipped with the latest navigation and avionics suite with multifunction coloured displays, target sights system that includes a thermal imager and TV channels, laser range finder and location finder.
The Mi-35M is distinguished by its improved construction. It is equipped with the latest Klimov-produced powerful VK-2500 turboshaft engines, fibreglass main rotor blades, main rotor head with elastomeric joints, a new swashplate and X-type tail rotor. The Mi-35M’s fuselage boasts shortened stub wings and fixed landing gear.
The Mi-35M boasts enhanced flight capabilities, and can be operated at high temperatures and in mountainous terrain. The Mi-35M’s design ensures low noise levels, greater combat resilience, and reduces the workload on maintenance staff.
In addition to its attack capabilities, the Mi-35M can also be used in other operations such as Landing-transporting up to 8 paratroopers, with equipment, in the transport cabin; Transporting military supplies or other cargo weighing up to 1,500 kg internally. The Mi-35M is also fitted with an external sling system, expanding its cargo carrying capacity to 2,400 kg.
Medical uses include carrying the sick and injured along with medical personnel. Mi-24/25/35 helicopters have proved their high levels of operational efficiency over many years in service.
The Mi-35M combines this unique experience of combat operation with the latest achievements and developments in helicopter building. The Mi-35 is operated by the Armed Forces of Russia, Venezuela, Brazil and Azerbaijan.