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September 1, 2015

Russia-Pakistan defence ties discomfit India

 Despite reservations expressed by India, Russia is looking to broaden its nascent defence partnership with Islamabad by expanding a contract to supply assault helicopters to the country. Russia had earlier agreed to supply four Mi-35 choppers to Pakistan, but it now says it is willing to sell more provided Pakistan can shell out the cost for these.

Equipped with the latest navigation and avionics systems, according to Moscow-based rotorcraft designer and manufacturer Russian Helicopters, the Mi-35 chopper offers round-the-clock combat use of guided and unguided weapons in regular and challenging climate conditions.

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, Russia will sell four choppers in the first phase, after which the contract could be expanded depending upon Islamabad's purchasing power.

In an interview to news agency Ria Novosti, Kabulov said Pakistan needed the choppers to fight the Taliban. "Probably they would like to continue once they have mastered them. There are no obstructions," he said.
Despite reservations expressed by India, Russia is looking to broaden its nascent defence partnership with Islamabad by expanding a contract to supply assault helicopters to the country. Russia had earlier agreed to supply four Mi-35 choppers to Pakistan, but it now says it is willing to sell more provided Pakistan can shell out the cost for these.

Equipped with the latest navigation and avionics systems, according to Moscow-based rotorcraft designer and manufacturer Russian Helicopters, the Mi-35 chopper offers round-the-clock combat use of guided and unguided weapons in regular and challenging climate conditions.

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, Russia will sell four choppers in the first phase, after which the contract could be expanded depending upon Islamabad's purchasing power.

In an interview to news agency Ria Novosti, Kabulov said Pakistan needed the choppers to fight the Taliban. "Probably they would like to continue once they have mastered them. There are no obstructions," he said. 
- timesofindia

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