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Pakistan Military may buy 20 Mi-35M helicopters from Russia: Report

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  1. DANCING GIRL

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    MOSCOW - The Pakistan military has expressed an interest in procuring up to 20 new Mi-35M helicopters in years ahead. “Given the cost of building the necessary Mi-35M logistics and maintenance infrastructure, expanding the fleet beyond four aircraft would financially be a sound decision for the Pakistani military,” the author of the report in *The Diplomat*underlined.

    The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps has begun receiving the Mi-35 assault helicopters it ordered from Russia back in 2015, according to a report in *The Diplomat <link>* .

    Citing an earlier article that appeared on *Quwa Defense News and Analysis Group*, the Tokyo-based online international news magazine reported that a video has appeared to have surface on the social media which shows a Mi-35 helicopter draped in the colours of the Pakistan Armed Forces flying somewhere in the country.

    *The Diplomat* also stated that an import-export log appeared to record the delivery of helicopter-related equipment, including ammunition, from Russian state-owned defense exporter Rosoboronexport to the Pakistan Army.

    Last year, it was reported that Russia had handed over four Mi-35M helicopters to Pakistan Army Aviation Corps. However, the Japanese publication noted that the delivery of these choppers likely took place in Russia , and the actual transfer of gunships took place later.

    “The contract was signed, we received all four cars [Mi-35Ms] and now we get new equipment,” Brigadier General Waheed Mumtaz of Pakistan’s Defense Export Promotion Organisation said in Moscow at the time.

    Islamabad and Moscow concluded the $153 million helicopter deal during then-chief of army staff General (retd) Raheel Sharif’s visit to Russia in June 2016. A preliminary contract was signed at the Pakistan Army General Headquarters in Rawalpindi in August 2015.

    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. Next to serving in the Russian military, the aircraft has been exported to Azerbaijan, Brazil, Iraq, and Venezuela.

    The company website of Russian Helicopters notes that the Mi-35 is particularly suited for mountainous terrain and can be deployed “round the clock” in adverse weather conditions. The website added that the helicopter offers “combat use of guided and unguided weapons in regular and challenging climate conditions” 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 a host of different missions, including transporting up to eight paratroopers and carrying military supplies weighing up to 1,500 kg internally and 2,400 kg externally.

    The Mi-35M is armed with a mounted twin-barrel GSh-23V 23 millimeter cannon and 80 and 120 millimeter rockets, as well as anti-tank guided missiles.

    The Pakistan military has expressed an interested in procuring up to 20 new Mi-35M helicopters in years ahead. “Given the cost of building the necessary Mi-35M logistics and maintenance infrastructure, expanding the fleet beyond four aircraft would financially be a sound decision for the Pakistani military,” the author of the report in *The Diplomat*underlined.

     
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  2. AZADPAKISTAN2009

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    8-) :pakistan:
     
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    Makes sense. Proven platform, much needed for war against Taliban Pakistan
     
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  4. AZADPAKISTAN2009

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    Considering we had war on our western front for 30-40 Years , we were long over due for strategic weaponry like Armored Helicopters , way way way long over due

    Considering the western front has mix of plains and Mountains , helicopter and UAV is best way to have technological edge over Terrorist (Afghans military and their partners rouges)

    If Pakistan had a policy of buying just 5 Helicopters every year between 2000-2018
    we could have had a healthy number of 90 Gunships

    This idea of Pakistani / Aghgani government bhai bhai is not working it is not clear who is in charge in Afghan rouge area
     
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  5. nadeemkhan110

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    Not only Taliban but We need it for NDS and RAW militants on the border.

    Now they are not in our country but wants to came again.
     
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    keyword " MAY "
     
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    24 in total. Said it a few times in the past.
     
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    Do you still think the original order was 4 !

    LOL

    Watch how fast ,the rest of the heli arrive.
     
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    4 units are for T&E.
     
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    I do concur, i believe first 4 once evaluated for overall performance will result in remaining being procured.
     
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    Here's hoping that they get sent over to you for SuperHind conversions....

    One can dream right?
     
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    Actually most of the SA mods are part of this Hind.
     
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  13. Army research

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    Super hinds were old build Mi24, these are new builds
     
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    I spent some time searching for hints on that but couldn't really find anything.
    Got any links? If some of the SA mods are on the Mi-35 models that Pakistan has bought then that would be something.
     
  15. AZADPAKISTAN2009

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    No real confirmation beyond the Quwa article

    The MI-35 is one platform that is tested beyond reason it is the most flown Chopper or we can argue it is a platform which evolved from another successful platform flown world wide


    Simple / Yet a True power horse
     
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