Monday, December 5, 2022

Kazakhstan’s new Mi-35M combat helicopters conducting live-ammunition firing training

The aviation brigade of Air Force of Kazakhstan is conducting live-ammunition firing training with new Mi-35M combat helicopters.

On the military range “Munke” of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan crews of new combat helicopters Mi-35M combat helicopters held the first flights of combat use. During live-ammunition firing training the Shturm guided anti-tank and 80mm unguided missiles launched from Mi-35M combat helicopters.

The Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan received the new Mi-35M combat helicopters from Russia at the end of 2016. The supplies of the Mi-35Ms, produced at PJSC Rostvertol, are part of strategic cooperation between the two countries and are aimed at gradual replacement of the current military helicopter fleet in Kazakhstan with modern rotorcraft.


The multirole Mi-35M attack helicopter is a comprehensive modernisation of the Mi-24V.

The Mi-35M is distinguished by its improved construction. It is equipped with the latest Klimov-produced powerful VK-2500 turboshaft engines, fibreglass main rotor blades, main rotor head with elastomeric joints, a new swashplate and X-type tail rotor. The Mi-35M’s fuselage boasts shortened stub wings and fixed landing gear.

The Mi-35M boasts enhanced flight capabilities, and can be operated at high temperatures and in mountainous terrain. The Mi-35M’s design ensures low noise levels, greater combat resilience, and reduces the workload on maintenance staff.

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