AH-1Z actually hold due payment issue American refuse pay from FMS or support funds and ask to pay full for those 12 helis, which we cant afford or willing to pay .. they got freezed.The Russian helicopters are no more expensive than the AH-1Z that Pakistan initially set out to buy, there are very minor differences in price. AH-1Z is technologically the most advanced attack helicopter in service anywhere at the moment, though it has a smaller payload than the Apache, when it comes to electronics and tech it’s at least half a generation ahead. And Pakistan had no trouble affording that.
Price is not the real issue with Russian helicopters, if Pakistan wants that option is always open. It’s just that Z10ME might prove to be better logistically. Russians already sold us Mi35M and almost sold us Pantsir.
Remaining about russian are will give helis , but look at order of Mi 35 , 5 intially now 4 or 5 just follow up order .. is just lack of funds that way PAA going in small numbers of order s