According to the news released by TASS News Agency, 4 new Russian attack helicopters Mil Mi-35 (Hind-E) were delivered to Kazakhstan as part of Kazakhstan’s rearmament program.
In the press release shared by TASS, it was stated that “Mi-35M has a high level of flight performance and can be used effectively in various weather conditions. In addition to the primary combat definition, the Mi-35M helicopter can be used to carry personnel and cargo and evacuate patients and those wounded accompanied by a paramedic.”
In 2018, Russia signed a new contract with Kazakhstan on the delivery of 4 Mi-35 multifunctional attack helicopters. In addition, Mi-35M, used by the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan (қазақстанның Қарулы күштері), can be used to transport personnel and cargo and evacuate the wounded.
Kazakhstan will receive a total of eight Mi-35 attack helicopters from Russia. Within the contract, helicopter pilots and ground maintenance team partook in theoretical and practical trainings.
Mil Mi-35M is the export version of Mi-24V helicopter. While Mil Mi-24 (NATO codename: Hind) is capable of functioning as an attack helicopter, it also has the ability to perform missions for carrying a small unit with a capacity of eight passengers. For this reason, the helicopter can be used in a variety of missions.
Mi-35M can be distinguished by its elevated structure. VK-2500 turboshaft engines manufactured by Klimov are equipped with main rotor blades with fiberglass structure, main rotor head with elastomeric connectors, a new swashplate and X-type tail rotor.
- Max Take-off Weight: 11,500 kg
- Max Payload: 2,400 kg
- Max Speed: 315 km/h
- Cruising Speed: 260 km/h
- Range: Normal: 415 km
- Service Ceiling: 5,700 m
- Hovering Ceiling: 3,100 m
- Crew: 2
- Troops: 8
- Engine: VK-2500