MOSCOW: Russia has sent Islamabad a draft contract on the delivery of four Mil Mi-35M (NATO named Hind E) combat Helicopters, as reported by Russian News Agency.
Russian News Agency has claimed on behalf of its sources, “Following the results of the talks held earlier on helicopters, which Pakistan would like to get from Russia, a draft contract on the delivery of four Mi-35M gunships has been sent to Pakistan side. Pakistan is now studying the document.”
Russian State Arms Exporter Rosoboronexport told to the Russian News Agency that talks were under process with Pakistani officials on the sale of helicopters. However, he declined to on air the details with media.
Russian Rostec Hi-Tech Corporation CEO Sergey Chemzov said that last year Russian government had lifted its embargo on the sale of armaments, military equipment and hardware to Pakistan and was holding negotiations on the delivery of helicopter to Pakistan. Pakistan currently has many Mi-17 helicopters given by United States to fight against militants in Pakistan.
Both sides government in November 2014 had signed a bilateral defence cooperation agreement to strengthen the military relations of both countries. Pakistan is also willing to purchase to other Russian military equipments.
Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday spent 15 hours at arms expo center in Moscow and inspected the weapon system along with live demonstration. DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted on the same day, “The army chief spent whole of June 16 witnessing dynamic defence expo. Highly impressive display of all types of arms, aircrafts, and heils.”