Gunships

Gunships

The Mil Mi-24 (Russian: Миль Ми-24 / NATO: Hind) is a heavy helicopter gunship. It is also capable of carrying up to eight combat troops in a cargo compartment. The Soviet Air Force has operated it since 1972, and more than thirty other nations have also taken it into service. Soviet pilots often refer to the attack helicopter as the ‘flying tank’.

The helicopter, based on the Mil Mi-8, features two engines and a five blade main rotor system. A mix of weapon systems mounted on two small wings, allow for Close Air Support, anti-tank and aerial combat mission profiles. The armored front body, titanium rotor blades and armored front windshields can sustain direct impacts from .50 calibre munitions. Its aerodynamic design and increased lift from its wings, made it the fastest rotary wing aircraft of its era.

Performance
Empty weight 8620kg
Usable fuel capacity 1400kg (1950l)
Endurance 125min
Maximum hook capacity: 2500kg
Maximum wings capacity: 1500kg
Maximum weight: 11800kg
Maximum cruise speed 335kmh (at sea level)
Maximum rate of climb 12.5ms

Mil Mi-24P

Mil Mi-24P

The Mi-24P (NATO: Hind-F) version is equipped with a fixed side-mounted Gryazev-Shipunov (GSh) 30 mm caliber dual-barrel autocannon.

Mil Mi-24V

Mil Mi-24V

The Mi-24V (NATO: Hind-E) version is equipped with remotely-controlled front turret Yakushev-Borzov (YakB) 12.7 mm caliber four-barrel Gatling gun.

Mil Mi-24 SuperHind Mk.III

Mil Mi-24 SuperHind Mk.III

The addition of a F.L.I.R. pod and TV camera make the Mil Mi-24 SuperHind Mk.III suitable for the modern battlefield.