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Mil AH-2 Sabre (Mi-35M)


Attack / Assault Gunship Helicopter


Brazil | 2010



"The AH-2 Sabre attack helicopter gunship was a short-lived Brazilian Air Force variant of the Russian Mil Mi-35M gunship series outfitted with Israeli avionics."



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Flag of Image from official Russian Helicopters marketing material, JP Moralez.
Firepower
Performance
Survivability
Versatility
Impact
AH-2 "Sabre" is the designation used to represent twelve Russian Mi-35 heavy assault gunship helicopters in service with the Brazilian Air Force. The type was born from the Mi-35M4 model of Russian origin and both are directly related to the original Soviet Cold War-era Mi-24 "Hind" series though largely updated for the rigors of the modern battlefield. The AH-2 retains most of the form and function of the Mi-35 series but is fielded with Israeli-originated avionics to better suite Brazilian Air Force requirements. The Mi-35M is based on the Mi-24V which introduced a night-attack capability, revised communications suite, new avionics, reduced weight components, and modernized weapons suite.

The AH-2 seats two crew in a tandem arrangement though, unlike Western attack types, features a passenger cabin under its main rotor. This proves useful in fielding combat-ready infantry along a mobile front while the helicopter supplies its own fire support. Standard armament is 2 x 23mm cannons mounted to a trainable chin turret while optional armament is stationed at multiple underwing hardpoints and support up to 8x Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), 80mm/120mm rocket pods, and cannon pods as needed. Power is from 2 x Klimov VK-2500 series turboshaft engines of 2,500 horsepower driving a four-blade main rotor and four-blade tail rotor. Speeds reach 310 kmh with ranges out to 460 kilometers.

Onboard systems include the OPS-24N night vision, an InfraRed (IR) jamming system, integrated IR engine suppression system, and Radar Warning Receiver (RWR). Redundancy enhances survivability over contested zones and cockpit armoring protects the crew and vital systems as low altitudes.

In November of 2014, the Brazilian Air Force announced the final three of their twelve-strong order of AH-2 helicopters had been delivered. Brazil is one of the few South American powers to employ the services of a dedicated gunship / attack helicopter. The line will strengthen Brazil's close support capabilities and be used in conjunction with other strike and surveillance aircraft like the Embraer Super Tuncano series.

Russian Helicopters currently produces Mi-35M helicopters from its Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. Its service entry was in 2005. The Mi-35M beat out the Italian A129 "Mongoose" and the European Tiger attack types during competition. These entries lacked the troop-carrying capability inherent in the Mi-35 design.

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February 2022 - Brazil has elected to retire its modest fleet of AH-2 Sabre helicopters due to high maintenance requirements as well as cost and difficulty in obtaining spare parts to keep the fleet viable.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Mil AH-2 Sabre (Mi-35M) Attack / Assault Gunship Helicopter.
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.
Propulsion
193 mph
310 kph | 167 kts
Max Speed
17,717 ft
5,400 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
280 miles
450 km | 243 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Mil AH-2 Sabre (Mi-35M) Attack / Assault Gunship Helicopter.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
57.4 ft
17.50 m
O/A Length
56.8 ft
(17.30 m)
O/A Width
21.3 ft
(6.50 m)
O/A Height
18,420 lb
(8,355 kg)
Empty Weight
25,353 lb
(11,500 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Mil AH-2 Sabre (Mi-35M) Attack / Assault Gunship Helicopter .
STANDARD:
1 x 23mm Twin-barreled gun in chin turret.

OPTIONAL:
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.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Mil AH-2 Sabre (Mi-35M) family line.
AH-2 "Sabre" - Base series designation based on the Mil Mi-35M production model; Israeli avionics fit.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Mil AH-2 Sabre (Mi-35M). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 12 Units

Contractor(s): Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant / Russian Helicopters - Russia
National flag of Brazil

[ Brazil (retired) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (193mph).

Graph Average of 150 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
12
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Image from official Russian Helicopters marketing material, JP Moralez.

Mission Roles
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GROUND ATTACK
CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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