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Mil Mi-35 (Hind)

All-Weather Heavy Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter

Mil Mi-35 (Hind)

All-Weather Heavy Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter


The Mil Mi-35M attack helicopter is billed as a comprehensive upgrade to the earlier Mi-24V Hind attack helicopter mark.
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ORIGIN: Russia
YEAR: 2005
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Russian Helicopters / Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant - Russia
OPERATORS: Azerbaijan; Brazil (AH-2); Iraq; Kazakhstan (ordered); Mali; Mexico; Nigeria; Russia; Venezuela

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Mil Mi-35M (Hind) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 57.41 feet (17.5 meters)
WIDTH: 56.76 feet (17.3 meters)
HEIGHT: 21.33 feet (6.5 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 18,420 pounds (8,355 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 25,353 pounds (11,500 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Klimov TV3-117VMA OR VK-2500 turboshaft engines developing 2,500 horsepower each driving five-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor.
SPEED (MAX): 193 miles-per-hour (310 kilometers-per-hour; 167 knots)
RANGE: 280 miles (450 kilometers; 243 nautical miles)
CEILING: 17,717 feet (5,400 meters; 3.36 miles)

2 x 23mm Twin-barreled cannons in chin turret.

Up to 8 x Air-to-Surface / Anti-Tank missiles OR 4 x 80mm / 122mm rocket pods / cannon pods / gun pods across four underwing hardpoints.
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Series Model Variants
• Mi-35 - Base Series Designation
• Mi-35M - Base Series Model; all-weather, day / night attack model; upgraded sensors and avionics; night vision support; improved targeting system; GPS navigation; glass cockpits; protected communications suite.
• Mi-35M1 - Alternative designation of Mi-35M
• Mi-35M2 - Venezuelan Army variant; upgraded Mi-35M
• Mi-35M3 - Export version of the Mi-24VM
• Mi-35M4 (AH-2 "Sabre") - Brazilian Air Force variant; Israeli avionics kit upgrade.
• Mi-35O - Mexican Army variant; based on Mi-24VN; Mexican FLIR camera system; upgraded avionics kit.
• Mi-35U - Trainer variant sans armament


Detailing the development and operational history of the Mil Mi-35 (Hind) All-Weather Heavy Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 10/22/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
The Mil Mi-35 "Hind" became a major upgrade to the classic Soviet-era Mi-24 "Hind" assault gunships and transport series of heavy helicopters. When the Mi-24 received various system upgrades, the Mi-24V model variant was born and from this came the Mi-35 which originally served as the export designation. The Mi-35 carries a multirole classification and retains the tandem, two-seat crew arrangement as well as passenger cabin of the original Mi-24 and weapons are still held externally underneath wingstubs as in the original. The system entered series production in 2005.

Compared to the original Cold War player, the Mi-35 has been given upgraded avionics and navigation along with a digital glass cockpit for each crewmember. The helicopter is also outfitted with a laser rangefinder, thermal imaging device, and improved target sighting systems. Internally, the helicopter has received reinforcement of its structure for increased battlefield survivability. The five-bladed main rotor utilizes fiberglass construction and armament wingstubs have been shortened to help promote a thinner forward/rear profile. Additional work has been put into rough field and "hot-and-high" operational capability as well.

The changes added to the Mi-24 to become the Mi-35 have considerably modernized and broadened the Cold War product considerably. All-weather and day-night operational capabilities are considered strong as is over-water service allowing the Mi-35 to function in nearly any battlefield environment. Optional equipment includes the OPS-24N observation-sight system, upgraded Anti-Tank (AT) functionality, and support for non-Russian communications kits.

Beyond the attack helicopter role, the Mi-24/Mi-35 is something of a unique combat helicopter in that it can ferry up to eight fully-equipped combat troops thanks to its cabin area set under the main rotor and engines. Additionally, this space can be used to ferry cargo loads up to 1,500 kilograms overall while a sling system allows for an additional 2,400 kilograms to be carried externally. Beyond these roles, the helicopter can also serve as a MEDEVAC platform for ferrying wounded and associated medical staff. Onboard survivability is improved through a modern Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), IR jammer, IR suppression system at the engine exhaust vents, cockpit and critical components armoring, and a chaff/flare dispenser.

Its engine makeup is 2 x Klimov VK-2500 series turboshafts with reduced noise levels and maintenance requirements. The Mi-35 retains the Mi-24's fixed wheeled tricycle undercarriage. Maximum speed reaches 310 kmh with cruising near 260 kmh. Hovering ceiling is 3,150 meters with a maximum operational ceiling of 5,400 meters. Ferry ranges reach out to 1,000 kilometers with a combat radius of 460 kilometers.

As armament is at the heart of the Mi-35 system, the helicopter can boast an impressive dedicated or mixed array of weaponry. This includes up to eight Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs) across the four presented underwing hardpoints. Rocket loads are either 80mm S-8 series or 122mm S-13 series munitions used alongside or in place of the missile armament. 23mm gun pods can also be carried under the wingstub assemblies while there is also a twin-barreled 23mm cannon mounted in the chin turret as standard.

To date, the Mi-35 has been taken on by the Russian Army as well as Azerbaijan, Iraq, and Brazil. Mi-35 represents the standard version based on the Mi-24V while the Mi-35 is an export night attack variant with improved sensors for low-light-level operation. The Mi-35M2 marks updated Mi-35Ms for service in the Venezuelan Army. Similarly, the Mi-35M4 is for the Brazilian Air Force though with Israeli avionics (as the AH-2 "Sabre"). The Mi-35O is a Mexican Army model with locally-developed FLIR system. The MI-35P is the export designation for the Mi-24P model which is closely related to the Mi-24VM and Mi-35M3 is used to designate export-minded Mi-24VMs. The MI-35U is an unarmed trainer variant of the combat-capable Mi-35.


June 2016 - It was announced that Nigeria will soon introduce the Mi-35M as part of its active inventory.

October 2017 - Mali has become the latest Mi-35 helicopter operator with two Mi-35M models having been delivered by Russia.

May 2018 - Kazakhstan has committed to the purchase of an unspecified number of Mi-35M platforms during KADEX-2018.

September 2018 - Two modernized Mi-35 forms were unveiled at the 2018 Army Show (Moscow).

General Assessment

Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history.
MF Power Rating
The MF Power Rating takes into account over sixty individual factors related to this aircraft entry. The rating is out of 100 total possible points.
Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (193mph).

Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
Graph showcases the Mil Mi-35M (Hind)'s operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
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Unit Production (750)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.

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Supported Roles
Ground Attack
Aerial Tanker
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.

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