Mali to Receive MI-35s

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    Mali to soon receive Mi-35




    Mali will soon take delivery of an Mi-35M attack helicopter. The sale was announced last year and the aircraft was recently seen flying in Russia.

    The helicopter was spotted in Malian colours at Rostvertol’s facility at Rostov-on-Don in March, painted in desert camouflage with a Mali air force roundel on the bottom.

    News of Mali’s acquisition surfaced in September last year when Yury Demchenko, Rosoboronexport delegation head for the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in South Africa said over the next year Russian Helicopters would deliver Mi-8/17 transport and Mi-24/35 attack helicopters to Nigeria, Mali, Angola and Sudan.

    He did not, however, give the number of aircraft ordered by Mali nor the delivery dates. Mali already operates a number of older Mi-24s.


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    Rugged, powerful helicopters. The one problem with airpower in Mali is that the country is largely featureless, which makes detecting helicopters or fixed winged aircraft easier. There are only a handful of mountains and hills in what is otherwise a mostly flat country.

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    But the MI-35 is the perfect tool for that kind of terrain.
     
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    After all of the money and resources France poured into Mali you would think that they would have bought the Eurocopter Tiger

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    Great attack helo too, but a bit more costly MI-35. Mali has just two AS332 Puma helicopters.

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    And one AS350 Écureuil.

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    They lack tactical troop transports.so I think the MI-35, which can swing roles between transport and attack is a more prudent choice.
     
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