THE DEVIL’S CHARIOT

Jakub Fojtík describes the development of the Mi-24 gunship variants and their most commonly carried weapons

A Russian Air Force Mi-24P shows support for its country’s troops in Chechnya. Although this sub-type could arguably be branded obsolete compared with more modern helicopters, it participated in the latest Syrian deployment alongside Mi-35Ms.

When unveiled in the 1970s, Mil’s Mi-24 (NATO reporting name Hind) presented an awe-inspiring sight…but even then, Soviet squadron commanders and pilots were aware of shortcomings in its design.

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