Negotiations between Serbia and Cyprus for the sale of Mil Mi-35PN assault helicopters are within the ultimate levels. The Serbian Armed Forces are set to buy a complete of 5 plane from the Cyprus Air Forces. Serbia can have a complete of 9 Mi-35 helicopters after the supply. It was reported earlier that Cyprus needs to promote all 11 Mi-35P assault helicopters to Serbia. Cyprus intends to interchange the Mi-35PN with 12 new assault helicopters. The proposal includes shopping for six plane initially and one other six later, over a 10-year interval. As soon as the sale is authorized, Serbia expects to obtain the primary Mi-35 this yr.

The Cyprus Air Forces (Cyprus Air Command) is the armed air wing of the Cypriot Nationwide Guard. This power is provided with assault and anti-tank helicopters, surface-to-air missile methods and built-in radar methods. In July 2022, the Cypriot authorities introduced that six Eurocopter EC145 helicopters can be procured from Airbus with an choice for six extra. These helicopters would cowl the roles of reconnaissance and assault. They are going to be changing the ageing Mil Mi-24 helicopters in service that are exhausting and expensive to keep up. Turkish Cypriot authorities have referred to as the helicopter buy as a “provocation”.

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Cyprus Air Forces Mil Mi-35PN Assault Helicopter. (Picture by Cypriot Nationwide Guard)

The Mil Mi-24 (NATO reporting identify: Hind) is a big helicopter gunship, assault helicopter and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. It’s produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Pressure and its successors, together with 48 different nations. In NATO circles, the export variations, Mi-25 and Mi-35, are denoted with a letter suffix as “Hind D” and “Hind E”. Soviet pilots referred to as the Mi-24 the “flying tank”, a time period used traditionally with the well-known World Struggle II Soviet Il-2 Shturmovik armored floor assault plane.

Russian Helicopters holding has developed a standard normal for Mi-24 modernization designated as Mi-35P. The Mi-35P has obtained the OPS-24N-1L observation-sight system with a 3rd era long-wave matrix thermal imager, TV digital camera, and laser rangefinder. The PKV-8-35 digital flight system will increase the helicopter’s manoeuvrability and steadiness. The modernised gunship can also be fitted with the up to date PrVK-24-2 focusing on system, which permits the usage of 9M127-1 Ataka-VM anti-tank guided missiles and both L370 Vitebsk digital countermeasure system or its export model President-S. The helicopter has additionally obtained a chin-mounted NPPU-23 turret with a twin-barrel GSh-23L autocannon.