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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.[1] 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 "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.[2]

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  1. Replaced by fixed twin-barrel GSh-30K on the Mi-24P (750 rounds of ammunition) and flexible twin-barrel Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23L on the Mi-24VP and Mi-24VM (450 rounds of ammunition)
  2. 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) or the 9K114 Shturm complex (in the Mi-24V-F).
  3. Bombs within weight range (presumably ZAB, FAB, RBK, ODAB etc.), Up to 500 kg. MBD multiple ejector racks (presumably MBD-4 with 4 × FAB-100). KGMU2V submunition/mine dispenser pods.
  4. First-generation armament (standard production Mi-24D) - GUV-8700 gunpod (with a 12.7 mm Yak-B + 2 × 7.62 mm GShG-7.62 mm combination or one 30 mm AGS-17). UB-32 S-5 rocket launchers. S-24 240 mm rocket. 9M17 Fleyta (a pair on each wingtip pylon). 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

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