Kazakhstan will begin receiving the undisclosed number of Mil Mi-35M combat helicopters by end of this year.
"The first deliveries of this helicopter (Mi-35M) through the Rosoboronexport (Russia’s arms exporter) is scheduled for the end of this year", Alexander Shcherbinin, deputy chief executive for business development at Russian Helicopters holding, told TASS on Wednesday.
The Russian Helicopters deputy head said that Kazakhstan currently uses the Mi-24 helicopters, on the basis of which the Mi-35M was developed. According to previous reports, Russia will present its Mi-35M helicopter at the KADEX-2016 international military equipment exhibition that will be held in the Kazakh capital Astana on June 2-5.
The Mi-35 is currently operated by the Armed Forces of Russia, Venezuela, Brazil and Azerbaijan.