The final of three Mil Mi-35 delivered by Russia in November to the Brazilian Air Force has been declared officially operational on 9 February.
The 2nd Squadron (Poti) started flying the AH-2 Sabre, as it is called locally, from Porto Velho Airbase in the skies over the Western Amazon region. The unit now has all 12 attack helicopters at its disposal for tasks that vary from air defence, to attack, escort, suppression of enemy air defence, armed reconnaissance and close air support.
It took a while to reassemble the final three. They came in parts on board an Antonov An-124 on 26 November 2014. The work to get them up and running was done by a combined Russian-Brazilian technical / maintenance team.
Source: Força Aérea Brasileira
Featured image: A Brazilian Hind, called AH-2 Sabre locally. The country received its first Mi-35M Hinds in April 2010. (Image © Ralph Blok)