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.
|Usable fuel capacity||1400kg (1950l)|
|Maximum hook capacity:||2500kg|
|Maximum wings capacity:||1500kg|
|Maximum cruise speed||335kmh (at sea level)|
|Maximum rate of climb||12.5ms|
The Mi-24P (NATO: Hind-F) version is equipped with a fixed side-mounted Gryazev-Shipunov (GSh) 30 mm caliber dual-barrel autocannon.
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
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.