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AH-2 Sabre – The Brazilian Flying Tank Version

AH-2 Saber is actually Brazil’s name representing the Mi-35M heavy attack helicopter of Russiα.

In 2013 Russiα completed delivery to Brazil 12 AH-2 Saber attack helicopters under a contract worth $150 million. AH-2 Saber is actually Brazil’s name representing the Mi-35M heavy attack helicopter of Russiα.

AH-2 Saber of the Brazilian Air Force

Mi-35M is an export version of the famous Mi-24 Hind line originating from the Cold wαr era. This is the only type of helicopter in a dedicated attack helicopter that can handle the task of carrying troops apart from carrying out combat operations. Brazil signed a contract to buy this aircraft with Russiαn in 2008.

Basically the Brazilian helicopter retains most of the design and functionality of the Mi-35 series. The difference is that the AH-2 is equipped with an avionics system derived from Israel to better meet the requirements of the Brazilian Air Force. In fact, the Mi-35M is the deep modernized version of the legendary helicopter called “flying tank” Mi-24.

AH-2 Saber of the Brazilian Air Force

The AH-2 Sabre is a multi-role combat helicopter manufactured by Rostvertol, a subsidiary of Russiαn Helicopters. Primarily designed for attack and military transport missions, the helicopter delivers superior flight performance and manoeuvrability than its predecessor.

Based on the Mi-24 Hind, the AH-2 incorporates several improvements. The helicopter gained new more powerful engines, the metal rotor was replaced by a composite one, the 3-bladed anti-torque rotor was replaced by an X-shaped composite one. The cockpit and vital components of the helicopter are significantly armoured. The AH-2 was given fixed landing gear and new shorter wings with only four weαpσnry mounting points. The weαpσn itself has also been updated: A 4-barreled 12.7mm machine gun in the chin-mounted rotating turret is now replaced by a twin-barreled 23-mm GSh-23L autocannon. Mounted weαpσnry now consists of two types of Anti-tank guided missiles, modern air-to-ground unguided rockets, 23mm cannon pods, and other changes.

AH-2 Saber of the Brazilian Air Force

The AH-2 has an overall length of 21.6m, wingspan of 6.5m and height of 6.5m. Its take-off weight in ferry configuration is 12,000kg. It can carry eight troops or a payload of 2,400kg. Stub wings were shortened in order to reduce weight. Wings have a number of hardpoints for weαpσns and other uses.

The glass cockpit of the AH-2 accommodates two pilots in tandem configuration. Electronic core of the helicopter underwent fundamental modifications. A whole spectrum of new electronic systems were adopted in the cockpit. Like other modernized versions of the Mi-35, AH-2 is equipped with an OPS-24N surveillance-and-sighting station for night fighting, featuring laser range finder, thermal imager, satellite positioning and navigation system, electronic multifunction displays, onboard computer and new generation jam-proof communications equipment.

Landing gear of the AH-2 is no longer retractable. This reduced overall weight of the helicopter. Also in case of the crash the landing gear absorbs some of the energy.

The countermeasures suite of AH-2 includes a radar warning receiver, a laser range finder and a location finder, chaff and flare launch system, infrared jamming system and engine-exhaust infrared suppressor.