Mil Mi-24 Hind – Soviet Era Beast From The East!

When I think of Soviet Cold War era helicopters, the Mil Mi-24 Hind assault helicopter gunship first springs to mind. Brutish and sinister, bristling with weaponry from the flexible 12.7 mm Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B Gatling gun (or 23mm/30mm fixed cannons on some models) to underwing rockets, bombs, gun pods and anti-tank missiles, it can pack a punch and also can carry up to 8 troops in the rear cabin, plus the standard crew of pilot and weapons system officer. A true beast from the east!

Mil Mi-24 Hind – Victory Park in Moscow in 2007

In service since 1972, over 2,600 have been produced since 1969 across many variants from the Mi-24 Hind-A through to the Hind-G models, plus export Mi-25/35 and Russian Mi-35’s. The type has served 59 countries and been used in many conflicts including the Soviet Afghanistan period, African conflicts, the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, civil wars in Nicaragua and Sri Lanka, counter insurgency in South America and Africa, the Balkan Wars and other conflicts across the globe (plus UN Peacekeeping missions)! Have gun, will travel!

Over the years it turns out I have seen quite a lot of these ubiquitous helicopters, both flying and static at airshows and museums around the world. Here are a few that spring to mind (mostly former Soviet and Warsaw Pact examples, with some exotics in the mix)!

Mil Mi-24 Hind A gunship alongside a Yakolev Yak-50 and a Mil Mi-2 Hoplite helicopter Central Museum of the Armed Forces Moscow
Mil Mi-24 Hind A gunship alongside a Yakolev Yak-50 and a Mil Mi-2 Hoplite helicopter – Central Armed Forces Museum, Moscow 2007
Former Soviet Mil Mi-24 Hind-A at the Riga Aviation Museum in Latvia in 2010
Former Soviet Mil Mi-24 Hind-A at the Riga Aviation Museum in Latvia in 2010
North Vietnamese Mil Mi-24 Hind A at the VPAF Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010
North Vietnamese Mil Mi-24 Hind A at the VPAF Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010
Soviet Mil Mi-24V Hind assault helicopter gunship at the Russian Air Force Museum in Monino in 2007 (Central Museum of the Air Forces)
Soviet Mil Mi-24V Hind assault helicopter gunship at the Russian Air Force Museum in Monino in 2007 (Central Museum of the Air Forces)
Technik Museum Speyer Germany GDR LSK Mi-24 Hind
An elevated view of the Former East German Mikoyan Mil Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter at Technik Museum Speyer – December 2015
Former East German Mil Mi-24D Hind helicopter gunship at WTS Koblenz in 2015
Former East German Mil Mi-24D Hind helicopter gunship at WTS in Koblenz, Germany in 2015
The business end of the Mil Mi-24P Hind F includes the heavy firepower of the massive fixed twin-barrel GSh-30K 30mm autocannon (with 750 rounds of ammunition) WTS Koblenz
The business end of the Mil Mi-24P Hind F includes the heavy firepower of the massive fixed twin-barrel GSh-30K 30mm autocannon (with 750 rounds of ammunition) at WTS in Koblenz, Germany in 2015
Ukrainian Mil Mi-24A Hind A and Mi-24D Hind D assault gunships at the Ukraine State Aviation Museum in Kiev
Ukrainian Mil Mi-24A Hind A and Mi-24D Hind D assault gunships at the Ukraine State Aviation Museum in Kiev in September 2017
Art project Mil Mi-24V Hind E at the Ukraine State Aviation Museum in Kiev Ukraine (September 2017)
Art project Mil Mi-24V Hind E at the Ukraine State Aviation Museum in Kiev Ukraine September 2017
Decorated! Mil Mi-24P Hind F with at the Ukraine State Aviation Museum in Kiev (September 2017)
It is an interesting scheme! Decorated! Mil Mi-24P Hind F with at the Ukraine State Aviation Museum in Kiev in September 2017
Czech Air Force Mil Mi-35/24V Hind - NATO Days in Ostrava 2017
Czech Air Force Mil Mi-35/24V Hind – NATO Days in Ostrava 2017
Czech Air Force Mil Mi-35/24V Hind
The meanest looking Mil Mi-35/24V Hind assault helicopter gunship I have ever seen goes to this Czech Air Force example known as “Alien Tiger” at NATO Days in Ostrava 2017.
Czech Air Force Mil Mi-35/24V Hind
The meanest looking Mil Mi-35/24V Hind assault helicopter gunship I have ever seen goes to this Czech Air Force example known as “Alien Tiger” at NATO Days in Ostrava 2017.
Czech Air Force Mil Mi-35/24V Hind - NATO Days in Ostrava 2017
Czech Air Force Mil Mi-35/24V Hind – NATO Days in Ostrava 2017
Mil Mi-24P Hind at the Belarus Aviation Museum on the outskirts of Minsk in 2017
Mil Mi-24P Hind at the Belarus Aviation Museum on the outskirts of Minsk in 2017 (you could get inside this one)
Mil Mi-24P Hind at the Belarus Aviation Museum on the outskirts of Minsk in 2017
Business end! Mil Mi-24P Hind at the Belarus Aviation Museum on the outskirts of Minsk in 2017
Mil Mi-24P Hind at the Belarus Aviation Museum on the outskirts of Minsk in 2017
Mil Mi-24P Hind at the Belarus Aviation Museum on the outskirts of Minsk in 2017
Mil Mi-24 Hind Polish Air Force opening flypast Radom Air Show 2017
It was great to see so many Polish Mi-24 Hinds! Radom Air Show 2017
Luftwaffe Museum Mil Mi-24 Hind F-4 Phantom II
F-4 Phantom II & GDR Mi-24D Hind – Luftwaffe Museum, Berlin-Gatow  in 2010
Former East German Mil Mi-24D Hind at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in 2012
Former East German Mil Mi-24D Hind at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in 2012 – later that year I believe it was loaned to the PIMA Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. It was delivered to East Germany around 1977 (No. 406) and retired by the unified Germany in 1993 (then renumbered as 96-21).

 

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