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Pakistan to receive four Mi-35M helos from Russia in 2017, says report

21 December 2016

Russia will deliver four Mil Mi-35M 'Hind E' attack helicopters to the Pakistan Army (PA) in 2017, Pakistan's minister for defence production, Rana Tanveer Hussain, was quoted by the Dunya News TV channel as saying on 19 December.

Islamabad paid a total of USD153 million for the four helicopters, the minister said without elaborating.

Pakistan and Russia had agreed to the Mi-35M deal in August 2015 in a move considered a breakthrough between the two countries.

Mindful of Indian concerns, Moscow had for years opted against engaging in any military co-operation with Pakistan.

However, in 2014 Russia decided to lift its self-imposed arms embargo against the South Asian country, with Pakistani officials telling IHS Jane's in November that year that the two countries had agreed on the sale of up to 20 Mi-35Ms.

Dunya News also quoted Rana Tanveer Hussain as saying that Islamabad is in contact with the governments of the Maldives and Azerbaijan for the export of 100 MFI-17 Super Mushshak military training aircraft.

The announcement comes after Pakistan secured a deal in November for the sale of 52 of the trainers to the Turkish Air Force. The Super Mushshak is a Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) licence-built version of the Saab MFI-17 Supporter aircraft, which is usually the initial platform used for training air force cadets.

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Pakistan will receive four Russian-made Mil Mi-35M attack helicopters in 2017, according to local media reports. (Russian Aerospace Forces)Pakistan will receive four Russian-made Mil Mi-35M attack helicopters in 2017, according to local media reports. (Russian Aerospace Forces)



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