Bangladesh Air Force decided to buy Russian Mi-35M multipurpose attack helicopter.
Mi-35M is the export version of the Mil Mi-24, is a twin engine attack chopper. It can carry 2400kg of various armaments payload. This variant is equipped with all the latest avionics package. This is a night attack version, featuring night vision systems, electro-optical range finder/targeting system, GLONASS/GPS navigation system, onboard computer, electronic multifunction displays and jam-proof communications equipment for better operational capabilities.
Neither Bangladesh Air Force nor Bangladesh Army currently operate any dedicated attack helicopter. Mi-35M can carry 8 fully geared troops and can conduct medical evacuation missions too. This is a truly multipurpose helicopter. Initially six Mi-35 will be bought for the BAF. The deal yet to be signed.
Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Air Force needs a dedicated attack helicopter platform as soon as possible. Attack choppers are the main fighting tool against enemy mechanized movements. Currently Bangladesh Army & Air Force operating Russian Mi-171Sh combat support helicopters only. These helicopters has handsome fire power but don’t have the capabilities as an attack helicopter has.
Mi-35M is an upgraded variant of the Mi-35. It has all latest avionics, more efficient combat capabilities, better situational awareness, lesser maintenance. Its multirole mission capabilities will provide dedicated attack, troops transport in the forward bases or conflict zones and will carry wounded soldiers back to the safe position.
Earlier Bangladesh Army expressed their interests to buy Russian Helicopters’ Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopter but no progress has been made. In the same time Turkey, Italy & China offered their attack helicopter models to Bangladesh. However, BA will select the option that best serves the country’s interests.