The IAF currently operates two Mi-25/35 Helicopter Squadrons (No.104 Firebirds and No.125 Gladiators) and has a requirement for at least another unit. SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) reports that 15 helicopters of this type were ordered from Kyrgyzstan in 1994 and were delivered by 1995. The designation is uncertain (Mi-25 or Mi-35) and are apparently second-hand/re-furbished helicopters.
The first unit to fly the Mi-25s was No.125 Helicopter Squadron, "The Gladiators", raised in November 1983. This was followed by No.104 Squadron, "Pioneer Rotarians aka Firebirds", in 1990.
A Mi-25 of No.125 Gladiators Helicopter Unit prepares to launch an offensive support mission from Palay. Armed with a 12.7mm rotary machine gun, 57mm rockets and light bombs, the Hind proved to be extremely effective against LTTE positions, vehicles and e
Date: 10 Feb 06
Unit: No.125 Helicopter Squadron
Copyright: Indian Air Force
An Mi-35 seen during the annual Republic Day Parade. possibly from No.104 Helicopter Squadron. The Mi-35 differs from the Mi-25 in having improved avionics. Rocket pods can be seen fitted under the hard points.
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