Rostec’s Russian Helicopters holding has developed a common standard for Mi-24 modernisation, a company representative told Jane’s at the Army 2018 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow on 21–26 August.
“In an effort to reduce the large number of Mi-24 upgrades, we have developed a common standard designated the Mi-35P. It is in fact a less expensive variant of the Mi-35M combat helicopter,” the representative said.
The Mi-35P has received the OPS-24N-1L with a third generation long-wave matrix thermal imager, TV camera, and laser rangefinder. The upgraded gunship’s cockpit has the KNEI-24E-1 flight navigation system with multifunctional displays. The PKV-8-35 digital flight system increases the helicopter’s manoeuvrability and steadiness. “The modernised gunship is also fitted with the updated PrVK-24-2 targeting system, which allows the use of 9M127-1 Ataka-VM anti-tank guided missiles [ATGMs],” the representative added.
The helicopter has also received a chin-mounted NPPU-23 turret with a twin-barrel GSh-23L automatic cannon.
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