European Mi-24/35 Survey: Twilight Years of Cypriot Hinds?

The Cypriot National Guard is an established Hind operator. Back in 2001, it took on strength as many as 12 newly built Mi-35Ps in 2001, but its acquisition of the armoured attack type was not officially acknowledged until December 2002.

Cypriot National Guard Mi-35P [Babak Taghvaee]
The Mi-35Ps of the Cypriot National Guard were delivered in a slightly enhanced configuration when compared with the standard Mi-35P. The aircraft featured a refined airframe, an expanded arsenal and full NVG compatibility. Babak Taghvaee

Currently, 11 of these are in operational service after the loss of one in 2006. The Mi-35s equip the 2nd Platoon of the 240th Squadron at Andreas Papandreou Air Base near Paphos.

The Mi-35Ps built for Cyprus boast a unique configuration: shortened stub-wings, a non-retractable undercarriage and a GSh-2-30 30mm gun to the starboard, and interior and exterior lighting compatible with night-vision goggles (NVG).

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