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Mil Mi-24A


NATO: Hind-A


Overview


Mi-24

A Mi-24 Hind-A in a museum. Note its large glass cockpit.
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Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Attack helicopter
Entered service
1971
Status
Obsolete
Development
1968 - 1970
Developer
Soviet Union - Mil
Production
1969 - 1970 (10 prototypes)
1970 -
Producer
Soviet Union - AAPO Progress
Number produced
Over 240 Mi-24A
Small number of Mi-24U
10 or more prototypes
Designations
Hind-A, B and C (NATO reporting name)
Izdeliye 245 (article index for Mi-24A)
Izdeliye 244 (article index for Mi-24U)
Notable users
Soviet Union
Vietnam

Variants


Mi-24A

Mi-24A (NATO: Hind-A) attack helicopter on display in a museum in Russia. Note that the A-12.7 machine gun is missing from this example.
Source: Alf van Beem - © Public domain

List of prototypes

Mi-24
The first 10 Mi-24 were produced from 1969 to 1970. Five by the Mil design bureau in Moscow and the other five by AAPO Progress in Arsenyev. Known by NATO as the Hind-B despite being the earlier model since this was the second version observed in the West.
Mi-24B
Mi-24A with improved armament suite. Known in the USSR as Izdeliye 241. This features the USPU-24 nose barbette with four-barrel 12.7mm Yak-B and the Falanga-PV anti-tank missile, which is the SACLOS version. Furthermore a stabilized day sight and FLIR sensor were fitted. At least one prototype was produced. This weapon suite was paired to an improved cockpit design and became the most produced Hind variant: the Mi-24D Hind-D.
Mi-24BMT
Single prototype produced in 1973 for use as a maritime mine sweeper. The Mi-14 was found to be a better platform and none were produced in series.

List of production models

Mi-24A (early)
First model of Mi-24 delivered to the Soviet air force in 1971. Produced from 1970 to 1972. These early models feature a tail rotor on the starboard side. Some early production versions may have been fitted with the earlier Isotov TV2 engine. This has the NATO reporting name Hind-A and Izdeliye 245 article index.
Mi-24A (late)
Later production model of the Mi-24A that was produced from late 1972 to 1974. This updated model has the tail rotor on the port side. Article index and NATO reporting name remain unchanged.
Mi-24U
Trainer version of the Mi-24A with dual control set-up. The instructor sits in the forward position and has a full set of controls in order to take over from the student when required. The A-12.7 machine gun and missile guidance equipment is not present. This version was built in 1972 in limited numbers. This has the NATO reporting name Hind-C and Soviet Izdeliye 244 article index.

Mi-24

One of the Mi-24 prototype models (NATO: Hind-B) in flight. Note the lack of A-12.7 machine gun, lack of wingtip missile launch rails, shorter cockpit and different angle of the stub wings.
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Details


Facts Mi-24A
General
Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Attack helicopter
Crew
3 + 7 (pilot, gunner, flight engineer, 7 troops)
Dimensions
Length
17.3 m fuselage
21 m rotors turning
Width
6.66 m wingspan
Height
6.5 m
Empty weight
7.7 t
Gross weight
10.5 t
Max take-off weight
11.0 t
Propulsion
Powerplant
2x Klimov TV3-117 turboshaft
2.200 shp each take-off
1.700 shp each in flight
Rotor setup
Five blade main rotor
Three blade tail rotor
Diameter
17.3 m main rotor
3.91 m tail rotor
Disc area
235 m² main rotor
12 m² tail rotor
Fuel
1.840 L internal
Optional 500 L drop tank on each hardpoint
Performance
Speed
320 km/h max
270 km/h cruise
Range
450 km
1.000 km with auxiliary fuel
Ceiling
5 km in flight
1.4 km hovering
Climb rate
15 m/s
Armament
Hardpoints
4 hardpoints
2 wingtips with 2 launch rails each for 9M17M Falanga-M
Fixed gun
1x NUV-1 nose mount with 12.7mm Afanasev A-12.7
900 rounds ready to fire

Media


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