Nov 13, 2014
Russia approves Deal to sell MI-35 helicopters to Pakistan
Further negotiations on details of the political-commercial contract are in progress.
Pakistan’s request for MI-35 helicopters has been on the table since 2009, but Russia had kept the issue pending because of the Indian factor.
India had long been Russia’s ‘exclusive military technical cooperation partner’. However, Moscow has reportedly downgraded that status to ‘preferred partner’ after India diversified its defence procurements and increasingly began relying on Western sources for meeting its hardware requirements. Russia has, meanwhile, reviewed its policy of selling military equipment to Pakistan.
The Pakistan government has been saying that it genuinely needed these helicopters for counter-terrorism operations.