YouTube – Mi-24
2 x 2,200 hp. ea.
1- 12.7 mm
4- 57 mm pods
57 ft. 5 in.
13 ft. 11 in.
21 ft. 3 in.
The Mil Mi-24 may best be remembered for when it operated extensively against ground forces during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan where it proved reliable and effective.
In June of 1966 the Mil Helicopter Design Bureau introduced a mock up of a proposed dedicated attack helicopter to become the Mi-24.
In April of 1967 the Soviet government approved the development of a prototype based on the mock up design. A team at the Mil Design Bureau headed by V.A. Kuznetsov conducted the design work.
In June of 1969, the first of three prototype Mil Mi-24 helicopters was completed. It used the concepts exhibited in the mock up, yet bore little physical resemblance to it.
From 1970 through 1973, ten additional Mil Mi-24 prototypes were produced and tested. On January 27, 1973 the first production helicopter was deployed.
During 1975 the helicopter set numerous world helicopter records for altitude, speed, and rate of climb.
The Mil Mi-24 features two turbo shaft engines powering a 57 foot, five blade, main rotor. The landing gear is retractable.
The model D and later models have the well known “double bubble” canopy and tandem cockpit.
Two wings provide six ordnance hard points. The wings provide up to 28 percent of the lift for the helicopter during forward flight. In slow steep turns the low wing can lose lift resulting in an excessive roll.
The fuselage of the Mil Mi-24 has heavy armor. The rotor blades are made from titanium and can resist shells up to 12.7 mm.
The cockpit is sealed and pressurized to protect the crew from NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) attack.
The Mil Mi-24 is equipped with a targeting system that uses a low-level light TV, a laser designator, FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) array, a missile guidance transmitter and an air data sensor.
Some export versions have improved avionics, all-weather capabilities, with weather radar, Head Up Display (HUD), autopilot, Global Positioning System (GPS), and carry additional armor and ordnance.
In the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqi’s used the Mil Mi-24 extensively. They were employed by the Army in Nicaragua during their 1980’s civil war. Sri Lanka’s air force used the helicopter against Tamil groups. In Iraq’s 1991 invasion of Kuwait the Mil Mi-24 was employed heavily. During both wars in Chechnya the helicopters were used by Russia. Dozens are believed to have been lost during military operations there. The Syrian Air Force has employed the Mil Mi-24 against rebels.
The Afghan National Army Air Corps currently has nine Mil Mi-24 helicopters deployed and the Iraqi Air force forty.
The Syrian government has used Mil Mi-24 helicopters to attack rebel positions.
Some 2,650 Mil Mi-24 helicopters have been produced by Mil to date.
RC Mil Mi-24
The great looking RC Mil Mi-24 built by Eric of Team Motion has a fuselage built by Larry Jolly. Power is by an O.S. .46 engine. Weight is about 9 lbs.
Heliclassics.de has a RC Mil Mi-24 with a 94 1/2 in. rotor with a length of 90 1/2 in. It can be powered by a Pahl Tarus twin-shaft turbine engine or a Hacker A200 electric motor. Weight is around 51 lbs.