Russia Selling Mi-35M Attack Helicopters To Pakistan

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Russia Selling Mi-35M Attack Helicopters To Pakistan
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According to Russian News Agency TASS, Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport has agreed to sell advanced Mil Mi-35M (Hind E) combat helicopters to Pakistan. Although the initial contract apparently just calls for the delivery of four attack helicopters, political and military analysts say the fact that Russia is selling its most advanced combat choppers to Pakistan is telling and another sign that Putin intends to to flex Russian military muscles all across the globe.

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More on Russian sale of advanced attack helicopters to Pakistan

Around a year ago, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov announced that Russia was lifting its embargo on the sale of military hardware to Pakistan, and he was already holding negotiations on the delivery of combat helicopters to the Asian country.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry eventually released an announcement noting the countries were negotiating the delivery of an order Mi-35 helicopters. Military analysts note that Pakistan currently has several Mi-17 helicopters provided by the U.S. to help in the fight against militants.

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The Mi-35M is a fully upgraded version of the workhorse Russian Mi-24 attack helicopter. The advanced model of the combat chopper includes new avionics and communications equipment, an improved tail rotor and a much more powerful engine.

Experts point out that the Hind E helicopter can carry round-the-clock missions, including in the dark. The new attack chopper has a good bit more fire power and  notably improved overall performance. Of note, the Mi-35M is equipped with precision-guided Shturm and Ataka missiles.

Statement from knowledgeable Russian source

TASS quotes a knowledgeable Russian military source as saying “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 continued to note “A substantial portion of technical and financial issues has been coordinated with [our] Pakistan[i] partners in the preparation of the helicopter deal. We do not see any insurmountable impediments to the conclusion of this contract. It may be signed already this year.”

Relations between Pakistan and Russia improving

Political analysts also highlight that Pakistan and Russia had signed a defense cooperation agreement strengthen military-to-military relations in back in November of 2014. That deal was followed up by another ‘technical cooperation agreement’ that set up the legal framework for the sale of military equipment to Pakistan.

It has also become clear over the last few months that Pakistan interested in other Russian military hardware besides the Hind E.

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif spent about 15 hours at an arms expo in Moscow on Tuesday. The expo was displaying Russia’s newest cutting edge weapons and military equipment. Sharif not only viewed the weapon systems on display, but also observed a number of live demonstrations.

“The army chief spent whole of June 16 witnessing dynamic defence expo. Highly impressive display of all types of arms, aircraft, and helis,” military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted after the visit.

Russia continues aggression in Ukraine

Besides arms sales to Pakistan and many other countries, Russia continues to be an aggressor against its neighbor Ukraine, supplying large amounts of advanced military equipment to the rebels in Eastern Ukraine.

With large-scale Russian support, the Ukrainian rebels have managed to push back Ukraine’s forces and carve out about a quarter of the country as their new “republic”. The rebels control the areas around and between the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Military experts are very concerned about an imminent offensive in Eastern Ukraine as the Russian military has dramatically scaled up its supply of military hardware and troops to the rebels over the last couple of months. Analysts suggest that Putin and the rebels may make a move to take the port city of Mariupol and consolidate their gains.

Multiple sources have reported thousands of troops and hundreds of pieces of heavy military equipment have been seen passing the Ukrainian border. Reuters reporter Maria Tsetkova took photos of the deployment in late May. The Reuters report was backed up by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who recently commented that Russia had sent 250 aircraft as well as 700 pieces of heavy equipment including tanks and artillery to the Ukraine border supposedly as part of a military exercise.

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108 COMMENTS

  1. every terrorist attack is happening in Pakistan and we lost 75000 lives to protect Western lives, yet, about every terrorist attack is supported by Endians/NDS/NATO. Open your eyes and start recognizing your Endian/Afghans/ Israelis/ western terrorist brothers and sisters.

  2. Oh Porkies are buying only 4 of them and they do not know how to use them…In 1971 war Porkies military hardware were better than India but their 75,000 soldiers were begging India to save them..

    Porki beggers begging everywhere….

  3. Yes, who would know better than India. 487 MIG-21/23/27 crashes, 270 pilots lost even new MIG-29 and SU-30 are crashing, it is not the hardware it is you flunkies. MI-35 is the best money can buy and it has worked all over the world even India has it, did these explode on your face?

  4. Shameless free loader Hindus and want to use US shoulder to fight Pakistan? have some courage to fight alongside US against Russia in Ukraine, you thaga-nanda moron

  5. China is calling the shots and will dictate all economic actives in and around India with its massive trade deficit(with India) in her favor which is now crossing $40.00 billion… India needs lots of technology but West is not giiviing it free..why US or Eruepen companies will hand over state of the art to India..Rafael is a proof … Indian industry is just too primitive by Westen standards to absorb and the lack of modern infrastructure

  6. India sided with Soviet Union with bunch of others handful as it was in India’s interest that Pakistan have trouble on its werten border, they committed terrorism with Afghan KHAD secret agency) in Pakistan for 10 long years. India will always try to be on winner side but lost twice and it will lose in the end after US leaves.Pakiatan will make sure of that

  7. Soviets gave you massive handouts for fifty long years as India was $$$cash poor hardly any export to pay in rubles it was always in worth less rupees or barter so don’t brag… it is only recently you started having a second meal…

  8. its not an assumption its an established fact. The biggest irritation for Pakistan is occupation of kashmir by India. Give them their right of self determination as per UN resolutions and India wont have any problem from Pakistan. Until then India will have problems with us.

  9. India is your enemy is the bad assumption to start with. Indians are not your enemies. There are irritations because of Pakistan’s activities in the country. Stop that and you will have one less.

  10. India is a country which violated UN rules by interfering in East Pakistan, by promoting terrorism through Mukti Bahini, by supporting LTTE in Sri Lanka, by opposing UN resolution on Kashmir for plebiscite.
    Its irony that Indian people are so blind on 26/11 that they never ask their governments
    1) Why India refused for a joint investigation
    2) Why India refused for a third party investigation
    3) Why India refused Pakistani authorities to meet Ajmal Kasab
    4) What happened to the inspector Karkore who killed by the Indian establishment on 26/11 for unearthing the name of right-wing Hindus for the massacre of Samjhota express
    5) Why he was sent on the front and was given fake bullet proof jacket
    7)Why the lone survivor was only visible in all the cctv?
    8)Why would terrorist leave a smallest information of their identity?
    9)How come Indian media knew everything in the initial hours of the incident.
    10)How come the 26/11 attackers boat managed to enter when even a fishermen boat do not get unnoticed?

  11. @chemir:disqus as per our experience in Pakistan Americans and NATO can never be trusted. First of all they only care about their interests, secondly they are hypocrites , third they never treat u as equal partners. 4 they will stab u in ur back no matter what u to for them so its through experience we can say that we don’t want American influence or friendship. they dragged us unnecessarily in this afghan war against Taliban. As a result we lost 100k people plus 100$ Billion. We have more enemies in current times then we ever had before. before we had only one enemy ‘India’, now we are surrounded by enemies on all fronts.And honestly i admit we made mistakes too but we paid a heavy price for our mistakes. now its time to make new friends and alliances. i think Russia and Pakistan can get along well but this partnership should be based on equality and respect.

  12. So Pakistan thinks before purchasing or acting ? Well, that’s news for me… It proves that Pakistan intentionally carry out terrorist plans and plots. lol

  13. what is that I hear ? Pakistan is strong enough to shop for best weapons now ? Let me guess, is it a new breed of terrorists ? LOL

  14. They don’t cross borders cause they don’t want to wipe Pakistan from the face of the earth, although they should. btw, 4 MI-35 are for the terrorists running wild internally in Failistan, right ?

  15. Money talks for sure if you have it. It is interesting how you Hindus brag about your wealth and Indian economy. Here is a dose of reality. These are documented fact and could be confirmed.

    According to time.com

    1. India Is Home to More Poor People Than Anywhere Else on Earth.

    2. India also accounted for the highest number of under-five deaths in the world in
    2012, with 1.4 million children not reaching their fifth birthday.

    Another statistics according to BBC:

    “Eight Indian states account for more poor people than
    in the 26 poorest African countries combined, a new measure of global poverty
    has found.”

  16. Zach Amin what Pakistan should do some introspection about is why after decades of close relations did West eventually spit on Pakistan’s face and moved on? Was Pakistan had anything to do with it?

  17. We don’t have to attack Israel. Israelis are already dead. They live in Constant fear of being attacked by Palestinians or Hezbollah.

  18. We have our deterrence system in placed. They can have 5000 gunships but can not cross borders. 4 MI-35 are just for Endian supported Terrorists of TTP and BLA and are just a first step toward future friendship. Do you know why Pakistani COAS spent 15hours with his team to look at advance tactical Russian weapons? because we are going to buy them. From weapons to technology transfer will happen. People think it is a political move on Russian part, no its not because Pakistan is serious to have strong ties with Moscow/Beijing than west which used and abused us regularly for 65 years. We only care about Pakistan and its sovereignty. Who ever help us to build our country, we will welcome them and bend backward for them. The rest we don’t care.

  19. they also bragged about getting 46Billion dollars ‘handout from china’. however, that remains to be seen if china will ever invest that money

  20. the best weapon for moslems would be the ‘headbomb’

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  22. That is why you guys send Muzzi Punjabi girls to satisfy Chinese Liberation army….Beggarstan..no shame..keep begging all over the world…can’t even build a satellites..$hit holes…can design Nuclear bomb? Beggarstan ordered Chinese and of course Beggarstan got Rice with Pork for free…Mo Ham Head prvrt camel rap*st

  23. My ancestors were prophet ADAM, Ismael and Mohammed(PBUH). We are talking current situation and may be children become Muslim. I pray for you.

  24. If Russian sells to the West its fine but if they sell to the Muslim countries then its bad? Keep your islamophobia away from here dude. A seller is a seller and a buyer is a buyer.

  25. Cool story bro. Your jealousness as an Indian is showing so please try to take some acidity pills. :)
    Pakistan is strong enough to shop for the best weapons now. We can get the best ones from Russia, China and the West.

  26. I dont know why indicks with such a so called great army lost battle in 1965 because at that time Pakistan didn’t had that much good army as compared to now

  27. India and ISIS? You need to get yourself checked. ISIS is Saudi created product propagating extreme wahhabism, the some that you have within your country in many pockets.

  28. You buy what you can afford. You get what you pay for. Both countries are spending roughly about 2.6% of GDP. India can afford more due to its much larger economy which is about 9 times larger than Pakistan’s.

  29. Russians can not make blunders on deals like this. Pakistan is opening up to them with a lot of potential for Trillions of dollars of future business.

  30. We paid the price with our lives. Pakistan recovered 258 tons of explosive which is made in India. we will return in with interest that is due for a long time.

  31. ISIS is Indian and NATO product and can not cross borders because their Father Raheel Sharif will be waiting for them with stick in his hand.

  32. Remember you gave up 80000 lives and paid billions of dollars for your stupid cause of war in Afghanistan. you should be thankful to us that you are leaving with minimum casualties in Afghanistan. :)

  33. It is the best decision Pakistan ever made. Russians are much better option than the west. We had enough of the abuse of the west. you can shove it up. We are giving you Indians as a gift stick with it because we no longer want or need your friendship or money.

  34. You got that right. Bye Bye to NATO and US and Hi to our new Friend Russia. Pakistan can improve their technology like they did with F16s, JF17, j10b and Tomahawks :)

  35. Actually it is very good for Pakistan. We don’t have to purchase over priced military equipments that come with 2000 conditions attached to them. No more embargo crap. some thing a lot better than nothing. Pakistani Military knows what they need unlike Endia that purchase first then think later. Overpriced garbage Rafael is one example.

  36. Pakistan is not India. Pakistan has abundance of talent to modify its arms and planes and give feed back to improve. Examples are Chinese J10B and JF17 thunder aircrafts with very good safety record. Pakistan was the first country that fixed F16 vertical fin cracking issue and gave away to General dynamics

  37. What white people are visiting Pakistan? India is still getting many times more tourists than Pakistan. Now don’t forget all these honor killings, acid throwing, raping of minority women happening in Pakistan too.

  38. Looks like India is finally realizing how bad the Russian hardware is in the long term and looking at sources in the West.

  39. India of today is better integrated with the West economically and politically than Pakistan. Your hypothesis about India will not hold true. I only see sour grapes syndrome here. Not only that, West will have rising interest in India due to its size of market and a need to build counter balance to the growing Chinese hegemony in the region.

  40. Followers of child rapi$t and prvrt P*ophet are barbarians..no war ethics..$hit hole$..no guts to fight face to face..Whole middle east and Por*isatan (Beggarstan) are being srew^d by uncle $am..
    Even tiny country can finish off that P*$lamic republic of M*llas

  41. Clayton is so full of crap LPR DPR only control 3% of Ukraine any idiot can see that on the map! 25% ??? get your glasses cleaned chump!! Oh who makes all the engines for Russian attack helicopters? Ukraine

  42. IRAN PLAN TO ATTACK SAUDI ARABIA WITH ATOM BOMBS.

    SAUDI ARABIA PLAN TO BUY ATOM BOMBS FROM PAKISTAN.

    PAKISTAN WILL OPERATE THIS BOMBS FOR SECURITY REASONS?

    PAKISTAN PEOPLE ORIGINATE FROM ANCIENT PHILISTINE RACE.

    CONGRESS PARTY OF INDIA AND NORTHERN INDIANS BELONG TO THE 10 LOST TRIBE OF ISRAEL.

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  43. Pakistan was the only western ally in that region who openly fought against communism . All other countries in the region did not like western allied country amongst them .Finally they got their wish. West has failed to protect the interests of their ally miserably. India is not a friend of West and never will be .

  44. farsar: your ancestors were so yellow that chose islam instantly rather than fight it. now you are a mixed product of yellows and the diaperheads, a certified halfbreed

  45. Modi just acknowledge that India did terrorism in Pakistan in 1971. Indian is doing terrorism in Kashmir against the civilian. India is terrorist state.

  46. Pakistan and Russia both are making two fatal foreign policy decisions. Trusting Russia a staunch Military and Political supporter of India, Pakistan’s terminal enemy is shooting on its own foot. If Pakistan wants to fill the gap emptied by US then Russia can never be that replacement. On the other hand, Russia is trying to rally behind this anti-America sentiment across the Muslim world which would be a fatal mistake on Russian part. Russia will open up its arsenal to Islamic fanatics in one way or the other.

  47. Modi is laughing at it and he will buy most modern air fighters from France any way, so let there be arm race in Asia..who cares.. China will crush all of them… LoL

  48. it is a good start for Pakistan.. before, they are too late for ISIS struggle in their home country, China and Russia are doing good for Pakistan so US and NATO would back up with the major support from Russia and China, the world most powerful natons supporting Pakistan…good sign and keep it it for long time to come and supply all modern weapons to Pak, bravo

  49. Pakistan got billions of dollars from USA to buy weapons of mass destruction and stockpile more than 100 nukes. US foreign policy is stupid. Pakistan has not fought terrorism, it is number one terrorist country.

  50. It is good start. Pakistan should not become stooge of any country. We have suffered severely as an ally of US to fight Russians in Afghanistan. Now Americans have become worriers. They cannot live without a war. They are waging war in Ukraine which will be paid by Europe. The net beneficiary is US because they will get huge orders of Arms from Europe. Similarly America is using Japan, India, Vietnam, Phillipines, Taiwan to fight with China. Here America also wants to sell huge Arms to make huge money. America is a capitalist America; know only how to make money for them only.

  51. Nobody gives anything for free ,My dear .We always pay , history says we paid from for F-16 but delivery not done ,so see we always pay in advance

  52. “several Mi-17 helicopters provided by the U.S. to help in the fight against militants.”

    The US needs to cut off support for Pakistan, Israel, and the Palestinians.

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