Russia is developing a new deadly attack helicopter for the Airborne Force’s units. The new chopper will be a follow-up of Mil Mi-24 and Mi-35 models, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Wednesday.
“In the interests of the Airborne Force’s helicopter-borne units of the new type, work has been stepped up to upgrade the existing [helicopters] and develop a principally new helicopter – the airborne combat vehicle,” the source said, adding that the new chopper would “conceptually develop the Mi-24-Mi-35M helicopters.”
The new helicopter will eventually become the mainstay of a whole family of rotorcraft for the Airborne Force, the source specified.
These will be special, transport, command and control, reconnaissance and electronic warfare helicopters. Pursuant to the requirements set by the military, “all the helicopters should act in a single information and command contour of the Airborne Force,” the source added.
Russia’s Airborne Force is creating new helicopter-borne units. The reports about the creation of such units came during the Vostok-2018 strategic drills where these formations were experimentally employed for the first time. The new helicopter-borne units are expected to comprise transport and attack helicopter squadrons.