Kazakhstan will receive four Mil Mi-35M ('Hind-E') combat helicopters from Russia in 2018 as part of a recently signed contract between the two countries, Russian Helicopters said in apress release on 11 January.
The Mi-35M is a modernised version of the Mi-24V assault helicopter. It was developed for the export market, but has been in Russian service since 2011. The helicopter is designed to destroy hostile armoured vehicles, provide close air support, land troops, transport cargo, and evacuate injured persons.
As all Mi-24s are understood to have been withdrawn from service with the Kazakh military, Astana is quickly moving to address the gap in rotary-wing combat capability by obtaining Mil Mi-35Ms.
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