Talks between Pakistan and Russia over buying of Russian-made MI-35 attack helicopters is on the positive front.
According to Pakistan Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain , the deal might be sealed within the next two months itself.
In August 2015, Pakistan and Russia had signed a deal regarding the sale of four MI-35 attack helicopters.
This was considered a huge breakthrough between the two nations as it was the first major defence deal between them since the Cold War-era.
Back in 1980’s the then Soviet Union had banned the sale of any military hardware to Pakistan as the latter was a very strong US ally while Moscow was a strong supporter of India.
The relation between the two nations finally started to change in November 2014, when Islamabad and Moscow signed a bilateral defence cooperation agreement.
The news about MI – 35 attack helicopters comes in heals of a fallout between Pakistan and the US with Washington’s refusal to partially fund the eight F-16 jets which they had agreed to sell to Pakistan. It was reported that Islamabad has failed to seal the deal
by not submitting necessary documents before the deadline.
It is noteworthy that India, too, uses the Mi-35 attack helicopters. Pakistan is now focusing on their JF-17 Thunder third-generation fighter aircraft that they have co-produced with China and is going to be a major part of their military hardware.