The upgraded Mi-35P attack helicopter by Russian Helicopters
has entered serial production.
The first serial model has already completed its
type-specific flight tests, receiving confirmation of the declared
performance characteristics and implemented changes in design.
During the tests,
taking place on the premises of Rostvertol and the National
Helicopter Center Мil&Kamov, the Mi-35P performed a number of flights
using new weapons and onboard equipment. The tests resulted into
finalization of the helicopter's design documentation, confirming
the model's readiness for mass production.
created in cooperation with Rostec's enterprises and combines the
best qualities of the legendary Mi-24 family, hardened in air
combat around the world, and the latest Russian achievements in
the field of avionics," said the Director General of Russian
Helicopters Andrey Boginsky. "Last year we demonstrated the
aircraft to a number of potential customers, and today we can
confidently say that the helicopter is in demand, we have launched
serial production of Mi-35P under the first contract with a
The new Mi-35P is equipped with an upgraded
target sight system with 3rd generation long-wave matrix thermal
imaging, a high-resolution color TV camera and a laser
rangefinder. The helicopter also comes with modern 3+ generation
night vision goggles and a set of external and internal lighting
equipment adapted for the use with them. A new digital flight
control system improves the controllability and stability of the
helicopter and provides automation of piloting processes. In addition, a modernized targeting and
computing system increases the accuracy of target engagement.
The Mi-35P is armed with a mobile 23 mm twin-barreled cannon
and S-8 rockets, and can be refitted with suspended containers
with 23 mm cannons, S-13 rockets, Ataka ATGM's with a twin-channel
control system, with Vikhr-1 or Vikhr-1M guided missiles.
The upgraded Mi-35P is currently being demonstrated at
the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020.