A contract for the delivery of Mil Mi-35M military transport helicopters to Pakistan is practically ready, a senior source in the military-technological cooperation sector told Interfax-AVN on June 18.
"A substantial portion of technical and financial issues has been coordinated with [our] Pakistan[i] partners in the preparation of the helicopter deal. We do not see any insurmountable impediments to the conclusion of this contract. It may be signed already this year," the source said.
In his words, a new round of negotiations with representatives of the Pakistani Defense Ministry on the delivery of Russian helicopters was held on the sidelines of the Army 2015 international military-technological forum. "The negotiations were fruitful. We can say that the work on the contract for the delivery of Mil Mi-35 helicopters to Pakistan has reached a final stage," the source said.
He declined to say how many Russian helicopters Pakistan was planning to buy. Foreign media outlets said 20 Mil Mi-35M choppers might be delivered.
According to earlier reports, Pakistan was expecting to use the Russian helicopters in antiterrorism operations rather than for military purposes.
The Mil Mi-35M is a product of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. Mass production of helicopters is being carried out by Rostvertol, a unit of the Russian Helicopters Holding.
The helicopter is capable of round-the-clock missions. It has more fire power and improved performance characteristics. The helicopter is armed with precision-guidance missiles Shturm and Ataka.
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