Russia's helicopter portfolio: In a tail spin

Alexander Mladenov reviews Russia’s military rotorcraft exports of the past decade and what remains of deliveries to the largest markets

The Mi-35M Hind is being promoted by Rosoboronexport as a multi-role combat helicopter endowed with day/night attack capability and at the same time capable of transporting up to eight fully equipped troops or providing medical evacuation of up to four casualties
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War in Ukraine and international sanctions have had a huge impact on Russia’s bold ambition to export its military helicopters to the world. Back in 2007, the aim was to grab 10% of the global market, mainly in its defence segment. By 2017, this target was exceeded by far, as Russian Helicopters – the umbrella holding that controls all major design bureaus and big manufacturing plants of the country’s rotorcraft industry – reported an expanded market share of about 15%.

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