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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

MI-24 Helicopters

Basic Information
Classification Type: - Attack helicopter
Manufacturer/Designer: - Mikhail Leont'yevich Mil
Contractor: - Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant - Soviet Union
Country of Origin: - Soviet UnionMaiden flight:-1969
Introduced: - 1972
Initial Year of Service: -1973
Status: - Active
Crew/Passengers: -3 (pilot, weapons system officer and technician) +8 troops or 4 stretchers
Primary users: - Russian Air Force ca. 50 other users
Number built: - 2000 (estimated)
Developed from: - Mil Mi-8
Variants: - Mil Mi-28
Base Series Designation: - Mil Mi-24 / Mi-25 / Mi-35 (Hind)

Length: 57.41 ft 17.50 mWingspan/Width: 21.29 ft 6.49 mHeight: 13.02 ft 3.97 mEmpty Weight: 18,078 lbs 8,200 kgMTOW: 26,455 lbs 12,000 kg
Rotor diameter: 17.3 m (56 ft 7 in)
Height: 6.5 m (21 ft 3 in)
Disc area: 235 m² (2,530 ft²)
Empty weight: 8,500 kg (18,740 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,500 lb)
Power plant: 2× Isotov TV3-117 turbines, 1,600 kW (2,200 hp) each

Engine(s): 2 x Klimov TV3-117 Turbo shaft engines driving a five-blade main rotor and a three-blade tail rotor.
Max Speed: 208 mph 335 km/h 181 ktsMax Range: 99 miles 160 km 450 Km(280 miles)Service Ceiling: 14,747 ft 4,495 m 2.8 milesClimb Rate: 2,460 ft/min (749.8 m/min)
External Hardpoints: 6 (including wingstubs)Armament: 1 x 12.7mm four-barrel machine gun OR 2 x 23mm cannons OR 2 x 30mm cannons in under-nose turret.2 x Anti-Tank Missiles4 x Rocket Pods4 x Gun Pods
More details about Armament
Internal guns
flexible 12.7 mm Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B Gatling gun on most variants
fixed GSh-30K on the Mi-24P/VP
flexible GSh-23L on the Mi-24VP
PKT door mounted machine guns
External stores
Total payload is 1500 kg of external stores.
Inner hardpoints can carry at least 500 kg
Outer hardpoints can carry up to 250 kg
Wing-tip pylons can only carry the 9M17 Phalanga in the Mi-24A-D and the 9K114 Shturm complex in the Mi-24V-F.
All bombs within weight range ZAB, FAB, RBK, ODAB etc., Up to 500kg.
MBD-4 multiple ejector racks with 4xFAB-100
KGMU2V submunition/mine dispensers
First generation armament (standard production Mi-24D)
GUV-8700 gunpod (with a 12.7 mm Yak-B + 2x7.62 mm GShG-7.62 combination or one AGS-17)
UB-16 and UB-32 S-5 rocket launchers
S-24 240mm rocket
R-60 (twin rail launchers)
9M17 Phalanga (a pair on each wingtip pylon)
Second generation armament (Mi-24V and upgrades)
UPK-23-250 gunpod carrying the GSh-23L
S-25 350mm rockets
B-8V20 a lightweight long tubed helicopter version of the S-8 rocket launcher
UB-13 S-13 rocket launcher
9M39 Igla missile 2-4 tubes per launcher
9K114 Shturm in pairs on the outer and wingtip pylons
ATE upgrades (Superhind MkIII B)
30mm turreted cannon
8× Ingwe anti-tank guided missile
S-8, S-13, S-240 rocket pods
In foreign service other weapons have sometimes been converted for use
Modern prototypes can carry the
- 9K121 Vikhr (Ukrainian prototypes),
- 9M120 Ataka-V (Mil prototypes),
- R-73 and a variety of semi-active laser guided rockets and missiles.
Early variants had holes in the cargo doors so that infantry could fire assault rifles. These were removed from later production. Sometimes a door gunner was added in the field.
Used Country

Mi-24, Mi-25, and Mi-35 operators
: Afghan
: Algeria
: Angola
: Armenia:
: Azerbaijan
: Belarus
: Bulgaria
: Chad
: Cyprus
: Croatia
: Cuba
: Czech Republic
: East Germany
: Equatorial Guinea
: Eritrea
: Ethiopia
: Georgia
: Guinea
: Hungary
: India
: Indonesia
: Iraq
Ivory Coast
: Kazakhstan
: Kyrgyzstan
: Libya
: Republic of Macedonia
: Mongolia
: Mozambique
: Namibia
: Nicaragua
: Nigeria
: North Korea
: Pakistan
: Peru
: Poland
: Russia.
: Rwanda
: Serbia
: Sierra Leone
: Slovakia
: Sri Lanka
: Sudan
: Syria
: Tajikistan
: Uganda
: Ukraine
: United States of America
: Uzbekistan
: Venezuela
: Vietnam
: Yemen

: Zimbabwe

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