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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

  • © Bundesheer / Andreas Macher

  • © Bundesheer / Andreas Macher

  • © Bundesheer / Andreas Macher

  • © Bundesheer / Harald Minich

  • © Bundesheer / Harald Minich

© Bundesheer / Harald Minich

Facts & Figures

Manufacturer Mil Moskau
Version Mil Mi-35
Length (overall) 22 m
Height 6 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
Display Flying