With the delivery of the final three Mil Mi-35M (Hind-E) by Antonov AN-124 Ruslan at Porto Velho Air Base on 26 November, the Brazilian Air Force attack helicopter fleet has been completed, the country’s Ministry of Defence announced at the end of last week.
The 2nd Squadron (Poti) now has all its 12 AH-2 Sabre helicopters – as the type is called in Brazilian service – on strength. The first arrived already in 2009. The choppers tasks are a variety of missions, that will include air defence, attack, escort, suppression of enemy air defence, armed reconnaissance and close air support.
The Sabres are armed with 30 mm cannons and will carry a choice between Ataka-M anti-tank missiles, S-8 (80 mm) rockets or free-fall bombs into combat if necessary. The chopper was one of the stars at the Cruzex Crusade last year.
Source: Força Aérea Brasileira
Featured image: A Brazilian Hind. The country received its first Mi-35M Hinds in April 2010. (Image © Ralph Blok)