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