Polish Army Aviation / Lotnictwo Wojska Polskiego

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Mi-24 Hind

The Mil Mi-24 (Russian: Миль Ми-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 has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with more than 30 other nations.

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” (летающий танк; letayushchiy 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” (Крокодил; Krokodil), due to the helicopter’s camouflage scheme and “Drinking Glass” (Стакан; Stakan), because of the flat glass plates that surround earlier Mi-24 variants’ cockpits.

Version: V Hind-E

Later development led to the Mi-24V which entered production in 1976 and was first seen by the west in the early 1980s.
It was armed with the more advanced 9M114 Shturm (AT-6 Spiral).
Eight of those missile are mounted on four outer wing pylons.
It was the most widely produced version with more than 1,500 made.
In Polish service this aircraft is designated Mi-24W.
One Mi-24V was referred to as Mi-24T for unknown reasons.

Source & more info: wikipedia.org

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