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  • Mil Mi-24 (Hind) Armed Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter


    The Soviet-era Mil Mi-24 Hind series of helicopters can be called on to accomplish a variety of roles in war or peacetime - as proven by many conflicts.

     Updated: 6/18/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com


    The famous Mil Mi-24 "Hind" helicopter stemmed from a Soviet Cold-War requirement for a heavily armed and armored transport helicopter following in the mold of the equally famous American Bell UH-1 "Huey" model. American activity in the Vietnam War considering their helicopter usage directly influenced the form and function of the Soviet design, developing one of the most iconic aircraft of its time. The type went on to see combat operations throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and continues on in a more assault-oriented role even today - despite its Cold War upbringing. The Hind remains a feared, flexible and proven battlefield implement. Its strengths have been formulated into the more potent Mil Mi-28 "Havoc" which is currently seeing deliveries to the Russian Army. While the Mi-28 is a more dedicated anti-tank platform developed specifically to combat enemy armor with crew and systems survivability as a priority, the Mi-24 - its days appearing numbered - still finds a use on the battlefields of today.

    Origins and Development

    Following the end of hostilities that was the Korean War, attention turned to the evolving nature of the battlefield as it related to the helicopter. The Korean War saw the first large-scale use of the helicopter in a variety of roles and the Soviet Army lacked any viable use of the vehicle type. War across Europe - should the Cold War ever go hot - would involve the coordination of thousands of troops coupled with air support and ground support to wage an effective war along multiple fronts. While armored vehicle carriers certainly had their place in Soviet doctrine, thought was given to move mechanized warfare into a new category by delivering a heavily armed assault helicopter capable of transporting combat-ready personnel into critical situations.


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    Mil Mi-24 (Hind) Technical Specifications


    Service Year: 1973
    Type: Armed Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter
    National Origin: Soviet Union
    Manufacturer(s): Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant - Soviet Union
    Production Total: 2,300



    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)


    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 57.41 feet (17.5 meters)
    Width: 21.29 feet (6.49 meters)
    Height: 13.02 feet (3.97 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 18,078 lb (8,200 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 26,455 lb (12,000 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance


    Engine(s): 2 x Isotov TV3-117 Turboshaft engines driving a five-blade main rotor and a three-blade tail rotor.

    Maximum Speed: 208 mph (335 kph; 181 knots)
    Maximum Range: 99 miles (160 km)
    Service Ceiling: 14,747 feet (4,495 meters; 2.79 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 2,460 feet-per-minute (750 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    Depending on Production Variant:

    1 x 12.7mm heavy machine gun in fixed nose emplacement.
    1 x 12.7mm Yakushev-Borzov four-barrel machine gun (Gatling arrangement) in powered chin turret.
    1 x 23mm GSh-23L cannon (twin arrangement) in powered chin turret.
    1 x 30mm GSh-30K cannon (twin arrangement) in fixed, starboard fuselage side emplacement.

    Additional underwing stores can include (across six hardpoints):

    Anti-Tank Guided Missiles
    Rocket Pods (Various Rocket Counts and Calibers)
    Machine Gun Pods
    Cannon Pods
    Munitions Dispenser Pods
    Mine Dispenser Pods
    Conventional Drop Bombs

    Global Operators / Customers


    Afghanistan; Algeria; Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bulgaria; Chad; Cyprus; Croatia; Cuba; Czech Republic; East Germany; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Georgia; Guinea; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iraq; Iran; Kazakhstan; Kyrgizia; Libya; Macedonia; Mozambique; Nicaragua; Nigeria; North Korea; Pakistan; Peru; Poland; Russia; Rwanda; Serbia; Sierra Leone; Slovakia; South Africa; Soviet Union; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Syria; Tajikistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; Zimbabwe; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)


    V-24 (Hind) - Protype

    Mi-24 (Hind-A) - First production model

    Mi-24A (Hind-B) - Based on Hind-A sans nose armament

    Mi-24U (Hind-C) - Training variant sans armament

    Mi-24D (Hind-D) - Definitive variant; Features specialized electronics for anti-tank guided missiles; 'Stepped' armored tandem-seating cockpit; Single 12.7mm four-barrel machine gun system in under-nose turret.

    Mi-24DU - Training variant with dual-controls for instructor / student.

    Mi-24V (Hind-E) - Updated anti-tank missiles and firing/acquisition system.

    Mi-24P (Hind-F) - Undernose-mounted 12.7mm machine gun replaced with fixed 30mm cannon.

    Mi-24RKR (Hind-G1) - NBC reconnaissance varient (model covers Mi-24R, Mi-24RR and Mi-24RKh as well).

    Mi-24K (Hind-G2) : Artillery spotter model

    Mi-24VM - Uupdated avionics; Improve night-flight systems, updated communications, modernized througout.

    Mi-24PM - Upgraded Mi-24P model with Mi-24VM systems.

    Mi-24PN - Attack helicopter standard and modernization standard.

    Mi-24W - Polish-built Mi-24V variant

    Mi-24PS - Police variant

    Mi-24E - Environmental Research craft

    Mi-24 SuperHind Mk II - South African-produced model featuring updated avionics.

    Mi-24 SuperHind Mk III/IV - Modernization of Mi-24 base model.

    Mi-25 - Export version of Mi-24D

    Mi-35 - Export version of Mi-24V

    Mi-35P - Export version of Mi-24P

    Mi-35U - Unarmed training version of Mi-35

    Mi-PSV - High-speed testbed based on Mi-24 airframe; revised, streamlined cockpit and nose section; retractable undercarriage; all-composite rotor blades.