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Kazakhstan orders four Mi-35M combat helicopters

World Defense & Security News - Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan orders four Mi-35M combat helicopters
Russian Helicopters, part of the Russian state corporation Rostec, will deliver four Mi-35M attack helicopters to Kazakhstan in 2018 under a deal signed with the country's Defense Ministry, the manufacturer said Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.
Kazakhstan orders four i 35M combat helicopters 640 001A Kazakh Mi-35 combat helicopter
(Credit: Ministry of Defencе and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan)
"The Russian Helicopters holding, in partnership with [Russia's state arms exporter] Rosoboronexport, will deliver four Mi-35M attack helicopters with transport capability to Kazakhstan's Defense Ministry in 2018. The contract has been signed," the company's press service said.

"The Mi-35M helicopter is slowly advancing to replace the Mi-24 helicopter used widely around the world," Vladislav Savelyev, the company's director of public procurement and military-technical cooperation, said as quoted by the press service.

According to Flight Global's World Air Forces 2015 report, the Kazakh Air and Air Defence Forces currently operate a fleet of 18 Mi-35s, all deployed by the 486th Helicopter Regiment based at Ucharal.

The Mi-35M is an improved export variant of the famous Russia-made Mi-24 Hind. It is a night attack version fitted with i.a. upgraded advanced avionics and sensor package, including night vision systems, GOES-342 electro-optical range finder/targeting system, and GLONASS/GPS navigation system.