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"Even American Apaches were forced to retreat": foreign press about half a century of service of Mi-24 helicopters and their modifications

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Almost half a century has passed since the Mi-24 attack helicopter began its service. His military path began in Afghanistan, where the mujahideen dubbed him "the chariot of the devil." Today, this machine, including its modifications, is used in the wars in Syria and Libya, as well as in Algeria against jihadist militants.


On the pages of the Arabian Aerospace, they tried to mark the traces of the Mi-24 in the vastness of the Arab world.

Algeria received 20 Mi-25s (an export version of the Mi-24D) in 1980, plus a similar number of Mi-24Vs that fought against various Islamist rebel groups during the 1991-2002 civil war.

A total of 30 Algerian vehicles underwent a significant upgrade to the SuperHind Mk.III version by ATE (South Africa). They were equipped with modern Western avionics, electronic warfare and electro-optical / infrared sensor systems. Recently, they have been operating in Mali against militants associated with the Al-Qaeda banned in the Russian Federation.

In the 1980s, more than 40 units were delivered to Syria. Mi-25, and in June 2011, helicopter crews were among the first to take part in the civil war when they were ordered to attack deserted army units in Idlib province. In 2020, there were less than 20 units in service. Mi-25.



About 40 Mi-25s and 12 Mi-35s were delivered to Libya between 1982 and 1983. They were used in repeated interventions in the Chadian civil war. After the growth in 2011 of internal confrontation in Libya itself, the Mi-24 helicopters were used by all parties to the conflict, including after the split of the troops into the camps of Haftar and Tripoli, which had no more than 30 vehicles at their disposal. Three Mi-24PS helicopters were purchased by the UAE in Belarus and delivered to the LNA in 2015.

Russian helicopters of the Mi-24 family appeared in the Middle East shortly after the direct intervention of the Russian Federation in the Syrian civil war in September 2015. The Mi-35M crashed in July 2016 during a missile strike on terrorist positions near Palmyra, and the Russian Mi-24P crashed in December 2017 when it hit a power line in Hama province.

Five years later, the Russian Air Force is still operating in Syria. In September 2020, two US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters monitored a Russian military police convoy. When it was reported that Russian Mi-35M (Mi-24VM) and Mi-8 helicopters intervened, even the American Apaches were forced to retreat.

- noted in the publication.

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  1. bogart047
    bogart047 19 May 2021 16: 45
    +42
    when you see the Mi-24 coming to attack, the main thing is not to crap
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 19 May 2021 16: 48
      +17
      And the Mi24 (not the Mi35) is very beautiful in flight. More beautiful and Ka52 and Mi28
      1. Alexander Kopychev
        Alexander Kopychev 19 May 2021 17: 40
        +10
        When I first saw HIM !!! What a graceful predatory dragonfly! And he is not a crocodile. hi
      2. lucul
        lucul 19 May 2021 19: 59
        +4
        And the Mi24 (not the Mi35) is very beautiful in flight.

        And he himself is beautiful and flies beautifully - that rare case when the designer did everything right.
        The only drawback of the Mi-24 is weak engines for such a design, I hope that they will still supply powerful engines so that it can finally transport the troops, as it was intended.
        1. venik
          venik 19 May 2021 20: 34
          +8
          Quote: lucul
          The only drawback of the Mi-24 is weak engines for such a design, I hope that they will still supply powerful engines so that it can finally transport the troops, as it was intended.

          =======
          Well, firstly: the Mi-35 has long been equipped with more powerful VK-2500 of various modifications (and they are 200-500 hp more powerful than the TV3-117),
          Secondly, the Mi-24 can be used for landing (and was once used in the Panjshir Gorge), but the Mi-8/17 is much better suited for these purposes.
          Thirdly: the main problem is not so much the landing as hover mode: because of the short "high-speed" blades and insufficient power, TV3-117 is the "weak point" of the "Crocodile"! But on "35" it seems to have gotten better!
          PS But in spite of everything - "Crocodile" is my favorite! Although "Alligator" is also very pleasant! (but he was "in action" - never seen).
    2. Egoza
      Egoza 19 May 2021 17: 08
      +7
      And there is no need to follow our convoys! ))) And it is necessary to be called more modestly. And then Apaches - then, Apaches - behold. Here is your "joyful meeting"
      1. Cutter
        Cutter 19 May 2021 23: 58
        +3
        When it was reported that Russian Mi-35M (Mi-24VM) and Mi-8 helicopters intervened, even the American Apaches were forced to retreat.

        And what does "... even" mean ???? It all depends on those. characteristics of the helicopter (and the Mi-24 they are not worse at all) and the SKILLS of the PILOTS! And it is definitely the best in the world
        1. ROSS_51
          ROSS_51 20 May 2021 18: 59
          +1
          Quote: Cutter
          When it was reported that Russian Mi-35M (Mi-24VM) and Mi-8 helicopters intervened, even the American Apaches were forced to retreat.

          And what does "... even" mean ???? It all depends on those. characteristics of the helicopter (and the Mi-24 they are not worse at all) and the SKILLS of the PILOTS! And it is definitely the best in the world

          Without detracting from the skill of our pilots, Americans fly a lot ... VERY ... many times more than ours ...
    3. Alien From
      Alien From 19 May 2021 17: 22
      +13
      Somehow I was sitting fishing, I hear an unreal roar, a crocodile passed right above me about 100 meters above the river wassat so here you are right, the main thing is not to cheat, serious car! good
    4. xorek
      xorek 19 May 2021 17: 36
      +1
      Quote: bogart047
      when you see the Mi-24 coming to attack, the main thing is not to crap

      Yes, you will see such a "Crocodile" (as they exactly called) how he comes to the attack ...
      Legend! In Afghanistan, he brought a rustle to the spirits .. A very successful helicopter, however, like our other turntables .. New, of course, powerful, but not tested in battles ..
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    6. Captain45
      Captain45 19 May 2021 17: 53
      +5
      Quote: bogart047
      when you see the Mi-24 coming to attack, the main thing is not to fuck

    7. mat-vey
      mat-vey 20 May 2021 06: 53
      +5
      Quote: bogart047
      when you see the Mi-24 coming to attack, the main thing is not to crap

      This is when, like - I have a friend (he only talked about this when he was drunk - so little), on the contrary, I realized that he would live. They seized them in Afghanistan, only thanks to the timely arrival of the turntables and survived ..
    8. your1970
      your1970 21 May 2021 11: 25
      +1
      Quote: bogart047
      when you see the Mi-24 coming to attack, the main thing is not to crap

      In one of our squadrons, before firing, they swung their muzzle to the left to the right - the spitting image of a Crocodile before rushing, fixing themselves before the throw ...
      Creepy !!!!
    9. fox_rudy
      fox_rudy 21 May 2021 12: 09
      0
      I agree that the Mi-24 has a solid sound, but the K-52 has a much lower sound. Already sneaks through the bones!
    10. puskarinkis
      puskarinkis 21 May 2021 19: 03
      0
      I saw the transmission of some western channel, where they showed footage from the exercises of one of the NATO countries with the use (to familiarize themselves with the equipment of a potential enemy) Mi-24. The soldiers were told that their only chance to shoot down the Mi-24 is, provided that you survived after the first run (!!!), to launch an anti-aircraft missile at the moment of turning for the second run! And that is what they worked out ... The condition of the soldiers after the helicopter training attack indicated that not everyone got diapers before classes!
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 19 May 2021 16: 50
    +11
    When the technique is really good, as in this case, it is difficult to ruin the reputation of such a weapon. The main thing is to modernize the helicopter, and it will definitely serve for another half a century!
    1. Alexander 3
      Alexander 3 19 May 2021 18: 08
      +4
      flying tank.
  3. knn54
    knn54 19 May 2021 16: 50
    +13
    -Almost half a century has passed since the MI-24 IMPACT helicopter began its service
    The word SUCCESSFUL also fits in logically.
    1. Terrible_L.
      Terrible_L. 19 May 2021 17: 04
      +9
      Honored, proven and well-proven in many armed conflicts, a real Combat Crocodile good
  4. Mouse
    Mouse 19 May 2021 17: 04
    +7
    "Even American Apaches were forced to retreat"
    Even? Even!!!...
  5. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv 19 May 2021 17: 32
    +13
    Well, Crocodile can do a lot of things.
    Much...))
    yes

    Yes, and on vacation, help out there ...
    He is beautiful in everything.))

    1. Mouse
      Mouse 19 May 2021 17: 59
      +7
      I will keep silent about the vertical take-off tractor ... repeat
  6. Captain45
    Captain45 19 May 2021 18: 02
    +9
    When he circled over his head and felt calmer in his soul
    1. Aleks tv
      Aleks tv 19 May 2021 18: 08
      +1
      ... When he circled over his head and felt calmer in his soul

      Yeah......
      More precisely and you will not tell.
      hi
      Lead and follower.
      "Tamara and I are a couple" ....
      Thanks to them.
    2. Bradley
      Bradley 19 May 2021 18: 42
      +1
      It's always quieter when you have your attack helicopter overhead.)
  7. igor67
    igor67 19 May 2021 18: 28
    +11
    Again this confusion, in the 80s I repaired both Algerian and Syrian cars, and in the acceptance list the cars went like MI 35, no mi 25 existed, the only difference is in the product numbers, and the manufacturer Rostov or Arsenyev. avatar is also mi 24, only this vehicle began its combat path earlier than Afghanistan, back in Africa. This product is 245
    1. Aleks tv
      Aleks tv 19 May 2021 19: 22
      +5
      ... My profile picture is also mi 24, only this vehicle began its combat path earlier than Afghanistan, back in Africa. This product is 245

      Oh, the pros have come.))
      Hello my friend.
      hi
      Igor, you can't let you in with the keys to the equipment, you always get a helicopter at the exit.))
      Well, how can I entrust you with a washing machine?
      wassat
      1. igor67
        igor67 19 May 2021 20: 44
        +2
        Quote: Aleks tv
        ... My profile picture is also mi 24, only this vehicle began its combat path earlier than Afghanistan, back in Africa. This product is 245

        Oh, the pros have come.))
        Hello my friend.
        hi
        Igor, you can't let you in with the keys to the equipment, you always get a helicopter at the exit.))
        Well, how can I entrust you with a washing machine?
        wassat

        Hi Lesh, I still haven't mastered the washing machine, I can't handle it
    2. ROSS_51
      ROSS_51 20 May 2021 19: 04
      +1
      Quote: igor67
      Again this confusion, in the 80s I repaired both Algerian and Syrian cars, and in the acceptance list the cars went like MI 35, no mi 25 existed, the only difference is in the product numbers, and the manufacturer Rostov or Arsenyev. avatar is also mi 24, only this vehicle began its combat path earlier than Afghanistan, back in Africa. This product is 245

      This is also with a "glazed balcony" which?
      1. igor67
        igor67 20 May 2021 19: 07
        0
        Quote: ROSS_51
        Quote: igor67
        Again this confusion, in the 80s I repaired both Algerian and Syrian cars, and in the acceptance list the cars went like MI 35, no mi 25 existed, the only difference is in the product numbers, and the manufacturer Rostov or Arsenyev. avatar is also mi 24, only this vehicle began its combat path earlier than Afghanistan, back in Africa. This product is 245

        This is also with a "glazed balcony" which?

        Aquarium
        1. ROSS_51
          ROSS_51 20 May 2021 19: 12
          0
          Quote: igor67

          Aquarium

          Clear)))
          1. igor67
            igor67 20 May 2021 20: 15
            0
            Quote: ROSS_51
            Quote: igor67

            Aquarium

            Clear)))

            In fact, the cockpit is very cool, for aiming it was necessary to insert a sight into the hole,
  8. Palestinian
    Palestinian 19 May 2021 20: 15
    +3
    I remember how we flew to the parchim for shipment ... 40 km from the frg border ... we go from the side and see mi 24 ... I have never seen such a number after never ... hundreds of cars ..
  9. Ros 56
    Ros 56 20 May 2021 08: 35
    +1
    Clowns have already gotten tired, 24-k will be enough for your age, prepare diapers.
  10. Shuttle
    Shuttle 20 May 2021 11: 30
    +6
    It is important to call things by their proper names.
    the mujahideen dubbed it "the devil's chariot".


    1. Mujahid (mujahid, mujahiddin) is a warrior for the faith; for a just, sacred cause. The limited contingent of Soviet troops in Afghanistan has never waged decisively any struggle either with the believers as such or with their faith. Moreover, in the ranks of the contingent itself there was a very significant number of Muslims. In addition, the main driving forces of the opponents of Soviet military personnel were most often
    So to apply the term "mujahid" to the opposing side is not only apolitical, but also not scientific. Not only the SA servicemen themselves, but also the Afghan government called the members of the irregular armed formations "spirits" from the word "dushman". Literally from the Türkic word "dushman", both in dari ("dushmon") and in Pashto mean the same thing - an enemy, an adversary. In the open-air - a bad person. The word has been known in Russian since at least 1903 (in the novel by Lydia Charskaya "Princess Javakh" of 1903 there is a link with the explanation: "Dushmans are mountain robbers."). So the spirits, not the mujahideen.

    2. The chariot of the devil (shaitan arba) was called not only the wonderful and wonderful in many respects the Soviet Mi-24 helicopter, but also other types of Soviet technology that inspired fear in spirits. For example, ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" (2A6). "In Afghanistan, the spirits called her 'shaitan-arba', because it is very difficult to hide from her. A very effective, formidable weapon."
    https://spbdnevnik.ru/news/2019-02-15/dva-goda-na-shaytanarbe
    There is evidence that the nickname "shaitan arba" among the spirits also belonged to the BMP-2.
    http://btvt.narod.ru/4/bmp2_0.htm
    https://soyuzmash.ru/news/companies-news/bmp-2-sozdavalas-v-kurgane-pod-rukovodstvom-aleksandra-blagonravova/

    Baptized is, of course, a stylistic device, but still considering the above from my point of view. it would be more accurate to write "the spirits and [the Mi-24 helicopter] were nicknamed Shaitan Arba".
  11. Givi_49
    Givi_49 21 May 2021 09: 34
    +1
    It's all about the pilots, not just helicopters.
  12. Basarev
    Basarev 21 May 2021 10: 44
    +1
    Eh, he would have to cut off the useless troop compartment, and at least stick the Cord into the rear hemisphere, and higher motors - and still fly.