Pakistan and Russia today signed a landmark defence deal for the purchase of four of Mi-35 attack helicopters.
“The agreement was signed by top defence officials from Pakistan and Russia in Rawalpindi on Wednesday,” said a military source.
Both countries were negotiating the deal for the last one year. This deal signals a major thaw in relations between the two cold-war rivals.
In June, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had also visited Russia. He spent about 15 hours at an arms expo near Moscow that featured Russia’s cutting edge weapons and military equipment. He also observed live demonstration.
The Mi-35M (Hind E) helicopter is a modernized version of the Mi-24 (Hind) combat helicopter. It has got new onboard equipment and avionics suite. It comes with more powerful engine and a different tail rotor.
This deal is a step in right direction to strengthen military-to-military relations between Russia and Pakistan. Besides helicopters, Pakistan also appears interested in other Russian military hardware.