The Mi-24, the first helicopter to enter service with the Russian Air Force as an assault transport and gunship, was developed on the basis of the Mi-8's propulsion system. Additional missions include direct air support, antitank, armed escort, and air to air combat. The helicopter was used extensively in the Afghanistan War, becoming the “signature” weapon of the conflict.
Type: Attack Helicopter
Pilot: 80-mm S-8 rocket pods 4 pods, 14 rockets per pod Co-Pilot: 30-mm Twin Barrel Cannon, GSh-30K 8 AT-6C Spiral ATGMs Crew: One pilot and one co-pilot Power plant: two Isotov TV3-117 turboshafts Maximum power: 4,450 shp (3,320 kW)
Dimensions: Fuselage length: 17.5 m Width over skids: 2.88 m Height: 6.5 meters (gear extended) Main rotor diameter: 17.3 meters Tail rotor diameter: 3.9 meters
Weights: Empty weight: 8,500 kg Max. full load: 11,100 kg Max. take-off weight: 11,500 kg
Performance: Speed limit: 335 km/h Max. speed: 335 km/h Cruise speed: 295 km/h