to Deliver Six Mi-35
Attack Helicopters to Indonesia
Novosti) — The Indonesian Armed Forces will soon receive a delivery
of six Russian Mi-35 Hind attack helicopters, the Antara national
head of the state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport’s office
in Jakarta, said 15 Indonesian pilots and technical specialists
have been undergoing training at the Kazan helicopter manufacturing
plant in Russia’s Volga area since March 2008.
He said the
delivery of six helicopters was due in July, but that an exact
date was yet to be set. "The
delivery date will be established after the parties finalize
certain contract terms," he said. Russia delivered
the first two Mi-35 helicopters to Indonesia in September 2003.
Vladimir Putin arranged a $1 billion loan for Indonesia to
buy 22 Russian helicopters, 20 tanks and two submarines. In
addition, Jakarta said it intended to buy six Su aircraft worth
a total of $335 million.