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Specifications (Mi-24)

Orthographic projection of the Mil Mi-24.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3 (pilot, weapons system officer and technician)
  • Capacity: 8 troops or 4 stretchers
  • Length: 17.5 m (57 ft 4 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 17.3 m (56 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 6.5 m (21 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 6.5 m (21 ft 3 in)
  • Disc area: 235 m² (2,530 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 8,500 kg (18,740 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,500 lb)
  • Powerplant:Isotov TV3-117 turbines, 1,600 kW (2,200 hp) each



Internal guns
  • flexible 12.7 mm Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B Gatling gun on most variants. Maximum of 1470 rounds of ammunition, though in practice about 500 was a normal load.
  • fixed twin-barrel GSh-30K on the Mi-24P. 750 rounds of ammunition.
  • flexible twin-barrel GSh-23L on the Mi-24VP and Mi-24VM. 450 rounds of ammunition.
  • PKT door mounted machine guns
External stores
  • Total payload is 1500 kg of external stores.
  • Inner hardpoints can carry at least 500 kg
  • Outer hardpoints can carry up to 250 kg
  • Wing-tip pylons can only carry the 9M17 Phalanga in the Mi-24A-D and the 9K114 Shturm complex in the Mi-24V-F.
  • Bombs within weight range (presumably ZAB, FAB, RBK, ODAB etc.), Up to 500 kg.
  • MBD multiple ejector racks (presumably MBD-4 with 4xFAB-100)
  • KGMU2V submunition/mine dispenser pods
First generation armament (standard production Mi-24D)
Possible combination of armament of Mi-24W
Second generation armament (Mi-24V, Mi-24P and most upgraded Mi-24D)
  • UPK-23-250 gunpod carrying the GSh-23L
  • B-8V20 a lightweight long tubed helicopter version of the S-8 rocket launcher
  • 9K114 Shturm in pairs on the outer and wingtip pylons
ATE upgrade (Superhind MkIII B)
  • 30 mm turreted cannon
  • Ingwe anti-tank guided missile
  • Bombs
  • S-8, S-13, S-240 rocket pods
  • In foreign service other weapons have sometimes been converted for use
  • After the Mathias Rust rust incident experiments were conducted using the R-60 air to air missile in an attempt to produce a quick response "Cessna interceptor".
  • Some aircraft may have upgraded hardpoints so as to be able to carry the long UB-13 S-13 rocket 122mm pods, 9M39 Igla racks and S-25 350 mm rockets - but this is unconfirmed.
  • Modern prototypes can carry the 9K121 Vikhr (Ukrainian prototypes), 9M120 Ataka-V (Mil prototypes), R-73 and a variety of semi-active laser guided rockets and missiles.
  • Variants up to at least Mi-24V (HIND-E) have swivel mounts fitted at the three forward windows on each side, including the two in each door; a rifle can be clamped into these mounts to allow embarked troops to fire from inside the cabin. The forward window on each door has a socket for a pintle-mounted machine gun as well as the rifle mount, although there is not enough space to effectively use both at once. All rifle mounts can be folded or slid out of the way to clear the windows. The windows are hinged at the top and fold up inside the cabin; clips on the cabin ceiling hold them open. The rearmost window on each side cannot be opened.(much like on Soviet APCs from that period). The infantry weapon mounts may have been removed from later production aircraft.
  • During the war in Afghanistan, additional hand-held weapons were carried internally for crew self defence if shot down. Extra rounds of rocket ammunition were often carried so that the crew could land and self-reload in the field.

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