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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Islamabad: In a defense deal signed between Pakistan and Russia, four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters were sold to Pakistan. Both the countries, which have been rivals from the Cold War, have been negotiating this deal for the past year, indicating mending relations between the two nations.

“The agreement was signed by top defense officials from Pakistan and Russia in Rawalpindi on Wednesday,” Dawn cited a military source as saying.

Photo credit: www.dawn.com
Photo credit: www.dawn.com

The Mi-35 helicopter is an exceedingly modified version of the Mi-24 combat attack helicopter. It boasts of new onboard equipment and avionics, a more powerful engine and a different tail rotor.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif paid a visit to Russia in June, after which a draft contract was sent to Pakistan from Russia, for the delivery of four Mi-35M ‘Hind E’ combat helicopters. The General had spent about 15 hours at an arms expo featuring Russia’s cutting-edge weapons and military equipment.

Late last year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Pakistan to discuss bilateral defense cooperation with the Pakistani leadership.

Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Russia’s Rostec corporation, had said Russia had lifted its ban on delivery of military hardware and armaments to Pakistan and negotiations were underway  on delivering helicopters.

Pakistan already has a number of ‘Mi-17’ helicopters delivered by US to assist in the fight against militancy.

With inputs from IANS

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Rogozin is known for his rivalry with Musk which often comes out publicly as sarcastic banters

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Mocking SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched a Tesla car into space in 2018, Russian scientists sent their own red car outside the Earth, but the car was actually just a toy.

In February 2018, SpaceX launched its reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle — Falcon Heavy for the first time along with a cherry-red Tesla Roadster with a mannequin called ‘Starman’ behind the wheel.

In response to Musk’s space stunt, the team from Russia’s Tomsk State University launched a toy replica of the red Zhiguli car owned by Dmitry Rogozin, who serves as the Director General of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, Futurism reported on Friday.

Rogozin is known for his rivalry with Musk which often comes out publicly as sarcastic banters on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Along with the toy car, the Russian scientists also put a tiny cut-out of a smiling Rogozin in the driver’s seat.

Unlike ‘Starman’, however, the Rogozin replica returned to the Earth and landed an estimated 2,000 kilometres away from its launch site after about 16 hours of flight, the report said.

Russia’s space mockery targeting Musk was executed just days after Rogozin said he would not hire Musk to get help with reusable rocketry.

While Rogozin has not met Musk as yet, he frequently reacts publicly to the SpaceX CEO’s tweets and slams SpaceX over ‘killing competitors’.

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Rogozin said he would gladly meet the multi-billionaire if he ever comes to Russia for a private visit. (IANS)