The Mil Mi-24 combat helicopter is a twin-engine concept with a five-bladed main rotor and a three-bladed balancing rotor, the helicopter is designed to provide direct fire support for ground units. The "Hind", as it is called in NATO callsign, can also conduct direct attacks and destroy the armoured targets.
Development began in the Soviet Union in the mid-1960s. The prototype took off on September 15, 1969. Gradually, a number of versions were developed, the Czech Air Force currently uses only machines variant Mi-24V known under the export designation Mi-35. A characteristic feature of the Mi-24 is the cargo cabin connected to the two-seated canopy for up to an eight-member airdrop. The helicopter is outfitted with a wing with a span of 6.54 m, which, in addition to carrying weapon hangers, lightens the carrying rotor by up to 30% at higher speeds. The airlift is provided by TV3-117V motors with an output of 2x 1638 kW. Under the canopy is a rotating turret with a four-barrel rotary machine gun 9-A-624 caliber 12.7 mm. Additional tanks, blocks of unguided missiles, unguided bombs, cannon containers, grenade launchers or guided anti-tank missiles can be hung on hangers under the wing. Production of the latest versions of the Mi-35 series continues to this day.
|Main rotor diameter
|8 570 kg
|Maximum takeoff weight
|12 000 kg
|4 500 m
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