Pakistan considering purchase of advanced air defense missile systems from Russia, alongwith attack helicopters

(MAMOSA Report) — Islamabad is considering on expanding the contract on delivery of four Mil Mi-35 attack helicopters from Russia it had signed on in 2015, a high-ranking military official in Pakistan told Russian news agency Sputnik.

The Mi-35 is a modern multipurpose helicopter, equipped with the latest navigation and avionics technology, capable of operating in high temperatures and in mountainous terrain. It can also be used for medical and transportation purposes.

Pakistan has also ordered 15 Bell Helicopters AH-1Z Viper — heaviest attack helicopter platform. In 2015, the U.S. State Department approved a proposed sale of these choppers to Pakistan (alongside 1,000 AGM-114R Hellfire-II ATGMs).

Moscow and Islamabad concluded a contract on the delivery of four Russian helicopters in August 2015.

According to Quwa defense news and analysis report, Pakistan army seeks to build up its attack helicopter fleet with 100 units or even more.

Pakistan is also considering purchase of different types of Russian military equipment including its advanced S-400 air defense missile systems, a high-ranking military official in Pakistan said, according to the Russian news outlet.

The S-400 Triumf is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of surface-to-air missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles, it said.

By now, the contract on systems’ delivery has been finalized only with China, the report said.

Islamabad has no plans to purchase Russia’s Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets at the moment, a high-ranking military official stated.

In September 2016, Shahab Qadir Khan, deputy director of export promotion services in the Pakistani Defense Export Promotion Organization, told Sputnik that Pakistan was negotiating a deal on Su-35 and Su-37 jets with Russia.

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