Mi-35M military helicopters are to be procured by Pakistan. A contract for the supply of the helicopters is virtually complete, a senior source in the military-technological cooperation sector informed Interfax-AVN.
“Following the results of the talks held earlier on helicopters, which Pakistan would like to get from Russia, a draft contract on the delivery of four Mi-35M gunships has been sent to the Pakistani side. Pakistan is at present, examining the papers,” the source stated.
According to Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, talks between Russia and Pakistan are under way involving the delivery of helicopters. Nevertheless, He declined to say how many Russian helicopters Pakistan was planning to purchase. Foreign media outlets said 20 Mil Mi-35M choppers might be delivered.
Last year, CEO of Russia’s Rostec hi-tech corporation Sergey Chemezov said that Russia had lifted its embargo on delivery of military hardware and armaments to Pakistan and negotiations were being held on delivering helicopters.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry also stated that both positions have been negotiating the delivery of helicopters and that Pakistan currently has a number of Mi-17 helicopters delivered by the United States to help in the battle against militancy.
The helicopter is capable of round-the-clock missions. It has more firepower and improved performance features. The helicopter is armed with precision-guided missiles Shturm and Ataka.
Pakistan and Russia had signed a bilateral defense cooperation agreement aimed at beefing up military-to-military relations in November last year. The pot had to be accompanied by another ‘technical cooperation agreement’ to pave the way for sale of defense equipment to Pakistan.
On the authority of the earlier accounts, Pakistan was expected to use the Russian helicopters in anti-terrorism operations rather than for military functions. Besides helicopters, Pakistan also appears interested in other Russian hardware.