A Soviet combat armored helicopter Mi-24D. Designed by M. Mil in 1969. Crew – 3, armament – 12.7 mm YakB machine gun; NAR UB-32 outboard blocks armament mounts, speed – 320 km/h, ceiling – 4500 m, flight range – 595 km, two engines, each engine power – 2200 HP.

The Mil Mi-24 (NATO reporting name: Hind) is a large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. It is produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and was introduced by the Soviet Air Force in 1972. The helicopter is currently in use by 58 countries.

In NATO circles, the export versions, Mi-25 and Mi-35, are denoted with a letter suffix as “Hind D” and “Hind E”. Soviet pilots called the Mi-24 the “flying tank”, a term used historically with the famous World War II Soviet Il-2 Shturmovik armored ground attack aircraft.

More common unofficial nicknames were “Galina” (or “Galya”), “Crocodile” (Russian: Крокодил, romanized: Krokodil), due to the helicopter’s camouflage scheme, and “Drinking Glass” (Russian: Стакан, romanized: Stakan), because of the flat glass plates that surround earlier Mi-24 variants’ cockpits.

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