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LAAD 2011: Brazilian Mi-35s take on the drug runners

15th April 2011 - 18:38 GMT | by Tony Skinner in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The Brazilian Air Force's (FAB's) Mi-35M attack helicopters are proving themselves on anti-narcotic operations and the service is still hopeful additional numbers of the type will be procured.

At the LAAD 2011 exhibition in Rio de Janeiro from 12 to 15 April, the air force displayed one of the six Mi-35Ms currently in service, which support counter-narcotics operations across the Amazon region.

Service representatives said while there were some limitations to the aircraft’s performance due to the heat and humidity of the region, the Mi-35M had had a successful introduction into service and was operating at around 70% availability.


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