MIL MI-24 / MI-35 "HIND"
"Flying tank", "Crocodile" (because of its profile and camouflage scheme), "Glass" (because of the large glass shields which surround the cockpit) or "Hind" (NATO code): the Mi-24, produced by Russian helicopter manufacturer Mil, has several nicknames, but "flying tank" is especially apt. Her two gas turbines and the five-blade main rotor deliver high speed as well as extreme manoeuvrability in combat. It is capable of transporting up to eight fully equipped troops, fending off enemy tanks and providing fire support. The Mi-24 entered service in 1972, since when over 2,300 have been built for over 30 nations worldwide.
Its distinctive wings account for up to 25% of total lift, but aggressive turns at low speeds may create a roll tendency. The entire aircraft belly, including the fuel tanks, is heavily armoured so that troops can be dropped directly into war zones.
At AIRPOWER16 a Mi-35, a modernized verson of the Mi-24V, of the Czech air force will be on display
Facts & Figures
|Length (overall)||22 m|
|Rotor diameter||18 m|
|Empty weight||9,000 kg|
|Max. take-off weight||12,000 kg|
|Max. speed||620 km/h / 335 KIAS|
|Service ceiling||4,572 m / 15,000 ft|
|Powerplant||2 x Klimow TV3-117VMA|
|Power||2 x 2000 hp|
|Crew + passengers||2-3 + 8|