Why crocodiles fly

45 years ago, an attack helicopter Mi-24 first flew. Its debut flight of the Mi-24 made September 19, 1969. He became the first Soviet helicopter designed specifically for fighting, and the second in the world after the US Bell AH-1 Cobra. For 45 years, was released around 3500 Mi-24 of various modifications, which are armed with nearly fifty countries, including Russia. NATO helicopter was designated "Lan» (Hind), Soviet pilots were also less tender and called the Mi-24 is a glass (with the original form of the cockpit), the Crocodile.


A prototype of the Mi-24
From the subsequent production version differed form the cockpit, which resembled the glazed veranda. The tail rotor is positioned on the right.


The first production version of the helicopter. From prototype it differed extended cab and mount anti-tank missiles on pylons. The tail rotor, as in the test sample, is to the right (in subsequent modifications it has moved to the left side).

Mi-24 with full combat kit at MAKS 1997

Six hardpoints Mi-24 can carry up to 2, 4 tons of different weapons, including guided and unguided missiles, bombs and cassettes, as well as containers with machine guns or grenade launchers.

Mi-35M Brazilian Air Force

For export Mi-24 comes mainly under the designation Mi-35.

Mi-35P for the Air Force of Peru

All in service of Peru are two such helicopters. Another 16 - in the version of the Mi-25 (export version of the Mi-24D).

Mi-35P Indonesian Air Force

According to Flightglobal MiliCAS, armed with Indonesia is worth five Mi-35. The machines were purchased as part of an export credit that Russia provided in 2007.


Some of the most active users of the Mi-24 outside the former Soviet Union - Algeria (36 units, according to Flighglobal MiliCAS), Sudan (36b), Syria (28) and Vietnam (25).

Assembling the Mi-35 at the "Russian Helicopters" in Rostov-on-Don

Today, Mi-35 produced both for export and for the needs of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Link of six Mi-24

Attack helicopters - traditional participants of the military parade on the occasion of the anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Mi-35 (center) and Mi-28 during flight crew training for the Air Force air show on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Air Force (201 year)


Mi-24P was produced from 1981 to 1989 and still stands on the Russian Air Force.

Cab Mi-24P

Depending on the modification of the Mi-24 is designed for two or three person crew. In addition, the helicopter can carry up to eight passengers and two wounded on stretchers and medical professionals.


The Mi-24 can reach speeds of 335 kilometers per hour and can travel up to 450 kilometers.

Russian Mi-24 in the Crimea (March 2014).

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