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Pakistani official mentions possible helicopter deal with Russia
October 18, 2017
A Kazakh Mi-171. The photo was taken by USAF and posted to Wikipedia.

Pakistani official mentions possible helicopter deal with Russia

In an interview with the state-owned Radio Pakistan, the Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, stated that a ‘military helicopter’ deal with Russia is to be concluded ‘soon.’

Notes & Comments:

It is not clear if Mr. Zakaria was referring to the existing order of four Mi-35s, which are scheduled to be delivered to the Pakistan Army in 2017, or a follow-on order of Mi-35s (or other helicopters).

Pakistan does operate many Mi-17/171 transport helicopters (46 as per Flight Global) and the Army had reportedly expressed interest in the Mi-28NE dedicated attack helicopter (IHS Jane’s).

Additional Mi-171 and/or Mi-35 orders are plausible, especially since the Army had reportedly expressed interest (to IHS Jane’s) in procuring a total of up to 20 Mi-35s.

  • Sami Shahid

    Pakistan should buy Mi-17 V5’s as most of the Mi-17’s in our inventory are not capable of night flying and attack.

  • Mazhar

    I think it will be next batch of MI-35s. It was in news that Pakistan is looking for 20ish of these birds. If MI-28NE is in this curtain, then it will be a great deal. I am waiting for next breaking news of SU-35 or 37. You never know when this news comes out.

    • Sami Shahid

      We should buy MIG-35 instead of SU-35.

  • Shahbaz

    it is understandable the purchase of Mi-28NE, but Mi-17……

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