According to the military expert Yuri Lyamin, this machine was previously in Syria as part of the Russian Aerospace Force.
This is the second rotary-wing machine handed over to the Syrians. If the first one was "yellow 30" and received the Syrian number "2861", then the second one was "yellow 40" and now received a new number, probably 2862. As you can see, it is also used as a bomber to drop its own bombs.
This model is significantly superior to the old Mi-25 in service with government forces. The Mi-24P uses a twin 30-mm cannon, long-range Storm-B missiles and another arsenal of various unguided weapons.
Prior to supplying the Mi-24P, the Syrian units were equipped with helicopters armed only with large-caliber machine guns and capable of using outdated versions of anti-tank guided missiles with a relatively short flight distance.
Mi-24P helicopters were mass-produced from April 1981 g. As shown by the actual use of the machine, in some cases the power of the GSH-30K was excessive, a 23 caliber gun would be quite sufficient for some operations. The helicopter was exported under the designation Mi-35P.