The Belarusian Ministry of Defense boasts of integrating these aerial colossi into its military strategy.
The recent acquisition of Mi-35 helicopters
Defying global skepticism, Belarus has confirmed receipt of its first Mi-35 combat helicopters from Russia. This decision has been kept secret until the official deployment of these aircraft.
The Belarusian Defense Ministry boasts of integrating these air behemoths into its military strategy, reaffirming its alliance with Moscow and demonstrating an intent for substantial modernization.
Mi-35 helicopters are not the only card up their sleeves. Belarus has expanded its arsenal with the Su-30SM fighter jet, Iskander-M missiles and S-400 defense systems.
Reactions to Belarusian air power
With the introduction of a full squadron of Mi-35Ms, the head of the Belarusian Air Force, Andrey Lukyanovich, has signaled his commitment to strengthening the country’s military projection. However, experts question the speed of this deployment.
The delays could be a product of Russia’s priority for its involvement in Ukraine or problems training Belarusian personnel to operate such war machines.
On the other hand, the Belarusian helicopter fleet, led by modernized Mi-24s, a Soviet heritage, remains a crucial stronghold for its operations.
The Mi-35M: A titan of the air
The Mi-35M represents more than an upgrade; it transforms air capabilities. Although it resembles its predecessor, the Mi-24, its design and functionality exceed expectations.
The aircraft has proven its efficiency in operations, particularly in Ukraine, where its combat performance has positioned it as an invaluable asset.
Unlike other models such as the Mi-28 and Ka-52, the Mi-35M stands out for its versatility as it is not only a combat helicopter but also a troop transport vehicle, essential in confrontational contexts with nations like Poland.
Polish response to the growing threat
Upon detecting the military strengthening of its neighbor, Poland has opted for an increase in its presence on the Belarusian border. This mobilization highlights the seriousness with which Warsaw views the situation.
Additionally, Poland has embarked on an ambitious weapons acquisition program, focusing its attention on renowned suppliers such as the United States and South Korea. One of his stellar acquisitions is the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
These machines, a counterpart to the Mi-24 during the Cold War, reinforce Poland’s defensive posture, reaffirming its commitment to protect its borders against any eventuality.