Archive photo of the Mil Mi-35M (Image © Russian Helicopters)

Russian Western Front receives first pair Mi-35M

Archive photo of the Mil Mi-35M (Image © Russian Helicopters)
Archive photo of the Mil Mi-35M (Image © Russian Helicopters)

The Russian forces in the Western District, the ones opposing NATO so to speak, received their first new Mil Mi-35M attack helicopters last week, a military spokesperson confirmed.

The machines for the Army Aviation join recently received Mi-28NE Night Hunters and will initially be mainly used for crew training. The base of operations has not been disclosed.

The Mi-35M is the next-generation of the famous and notorious Hind attack helicopter and is dubbed Hind-E. It has a range of 450 kilometers (280 miles) and can speed up to 242 knots (300 kmh). Like the earlier Mi-24s the machine can transport up to six troops, has a centreline gun turret in the front and can be loaded with a wide range of missiles and pods on its wings. Compared to the Mi-24 the Mi-35 has better handling and manoeuvrability and should be able to operate even better under difficult weather circumstances.

Source: Russian Army Aviation Western Military District

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