Russia agrees to sell Pakistan four MI-35 attack helicopters

Published: August 19, 2015
MI-35 attack helicopters. PHOTO: AFP

MI-35 attack helicopters. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday signed an agreement with Russia to purchase MI-35 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters.

“An agreement was signed between Pakistan and Russian authorities in Rawalpindi for the purchase of four MI-35 helicopters,” said a senior military official on Wednesday.

The official, however, did not provide any further details about the deal, or shed any light on the configuration of the helicopters which Pakistan will receive. No timeline for delivery of the helicopters was revealed.

Read: Russia to supply Mi-35 helicopter to Pakistan

The agreement is believed to have been finalised during Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif’s visit to Russia in June earlier this year.

Russia’s move is a major shift in it’s policy in the wake of strategic partnership between US and India.

Moscow has for long ignored Islamabad in a bit to please its long term ally New Delhi. But as a result of India’s growing tilt towards the US, Russia has now begun to expand its cooperation with Pakistan.

Read: Russia ready to sell four Mi-35M combat helicopters to Pakistan: report

For its part, Islamabad is eager to improve its ties with Moscow to diversify its options in the event of any stalemate in ties with Washington.

Last year, Russia had sent a draft contract to Pakistan for the dispatch of four Mil Mi-35M combat helicopters.

Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said that talks pertaining to the delivery of helicopters were under way with the Pakistani side. However, it declined to disclose the details of these consultations.

“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 now studying the document,” the source said.

Earlier this year, US State Department had approved Pakistan’s request to purchase US-made attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment valued at almost $1 billion.

The Pentagon had said that Pakistan’s request included 15 AH-1Z Viper helicopters made by the Bell arm of Textron Inc alongside 1,000 Hellfire missiles produced by Lockheed Martin Corp and a host of other communications and training equipment with valued at a total of $952 million, according to a notification to Congress, which approves every sale.

Pakistan has been exploring options to replenish and upgrade its fleet of Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters as its operation against militants enters the final phase. Among the options available were the Z-10 by China and the T129 ATAK multirole combat helicopters, manufactured by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Dajjal
    Aug 19, 2015 - 11:00PM

    4??? So Many?? Whatever will we do with so many helicopters… probably, if PPP was still in power, they could be used to escort the VIP movements in Karachi…Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Aug 19, 2015 - 11:48PM

    A good news for Pakistan and bad news for the enemies !!!!Recommend

  • Fahim
    Aug 20, 2015 - 12:44AM

    Go for Turkish or Z-10, it has air to air combat functionality that is new in any kind of gunshipsRecommend

  • Emad
    Aug 20, 2015 - 1:58AM

    We will now have attack gunship helicopters from Russia and US. This is a deadly mix which no other country in the world hasRecommend

  • mohib
    Aug 20, 2015 - 2:10AM

    Its good for pakistani deffence…pakistani deffence authorities have to purchase more latest techonology for increasing deffence abilities ….pakistan zindabab…Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 20, 2015 - 2:16AM

    The picture is of a Mi-24, not the Mi-35.

    Most notable difference between the two is shortened stub wings and an X-shaped rotor.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 20, 2015 - 3:17AM

    Welcome hope our relationship with Russian will more strongRecommend

  • Uza Syed
    Aug 20, 2015 - 3:35AM

    Just agree?! They must be happy that they found the suckers that we are to go for such third rate technology when no one is interested in it.Recommend

  • Indian
    Aug 20, 2015 - 5:52AM

    Congratulations !Recommend

  • Neutral
    Aug 20, 2015 - 7:41AM

    @Dajjal. Usually order the limited when military is making any new Weapon as the part of its Arsenal. They go through rigorous testing and if it’s compatible with current needs, they are ordered further. ok?Recommend

  • shahid
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:09AM

    Ice is broken, Russia sees the real and true face of our enemy. Recommend

  • Rakesh
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:58AM

    @shahid: Its not the ice that is broken. Their economy is broken, now they fixing it where they get opportunity. Between the major shift has happened because we manufacturing our own and doing R&D.Recommend

  • Bakwas
    Aug 21, 2015 - 8:12AM

    Get your Tajas of the ground my friend. It has been 20 years now. Scrape this project.Recommend

  • Sep 12, 2015 - 11:05PM

    very nice and comfortable choppers…..can be used in FATA !Recommend

  • muhammad aaif
    Oct 2, 2015 - 10:13AM

    Its great for Pakistan defence and bad news for india taliban and US because pakistan have the three types of dangerous helicopters of the world.
    1- Z 10…China
    3-Mi,35….Great Russia
    Some more helicopter from different countries.
    Pakistan Zinda Baad Recommend

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