The first upgraded Mi-35M2 attack helicopters have been delivered to the Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (FANB, Venezuelan Army), AirForces Monthly correspondent Juan Carlos Cicalesi reports.
The FANB received three Mi-35M2 helicopters from a total of ten that are being upgraded in Russia by Rostvertol, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. The aircraft arrived at El Libertador Air Base in Palo Negro, Aragua State, on January 25. The Hinds were delivered on board an Antonov An-124-100 from a private cargo airline.
Venezuela was the launch customer for the original Mi-35M derivative. These aircraft feature Western radio kits including the Bendix-King KHF-950-10 (replaced on the last few machines by the KHF-1050) HF radio and two KTR-908 VHF radios, as well as the South African Reutech ACR500 multi-band digital UHF/VHF radio.
The ten aircraft were delivered to the Venezuelan Army in 2006-07.