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I don’t know why this car got such an apt nickname, but looking at it, as they say, at close range, at a distance of several meters, this is really the first thing that comes to mind ... and the second is what you need to do. and being very fast ...

Up to this point, I treated the helicopters calmly enough, and even when flying the Mi-8 in the North and in Siberia, I didn’t like much of these helicopters.
But close acquaintance with the Mi-24 at the 344 Center for combat training and retraining of the army aviation really changed my attitude towards them ...

The center includes the 696 Instructor Test Helicopter Regiment, which trains pilots of the highest category and assigns them the qualifications of “pilot-sniper” and “navigator-sniper”, in addition, foreign military experts of the flight and technical staff are trained at the Center. Currently, there are no problems with fuel and training is in full swing. Some crews replace others directly on the runway without stopping the rotation of the propeller blades, so as not to waste time on taxiing and restarting ...

It’s "hot" in the sky ... a measured merry-go-round on a square: take off - a circle - landing, and so several times a day, until complete fuel consumption ...

After take-off - left circle ...

And soon the landing on the axial on the runway ...

And then take off again ...

Mi-24 (according to the NATO classification "Hind" - Lan) transport-combat helicopter developed by the design bureau M. L. Mil.
He became the first Russian and second in the world (after the AH-1 "Cobra") specialized combat helicopter. The serial release began in 1971 year. To date, already has many modifications, exported to many countries around the world. It was actively used during the years of the Afghan war, and during the fighting in Chechnya, as well as in many regional conflicts. I will not speak about TTX - everything has long been on the network

Armored cockpit and the main units allow you to not respond to automatic and rifle bullets. In Afghanistan, the frontal armored glass held bullets from DShK (mm 12,7). In addition, all control systems are duplicated so that even their damage does not guarantee the destruction of the helicopter. Dushmans had to use 14,5 mm machine guns and Strela MANPADS (occasionally Stinger), and there were cases when the helicopter was returning to the base with dozens of holes, but alive. There is a case in Afghanistan when the Iranian F-4 Phantom launched a Sparow missile. At that time, a half-helicopter flew to the base under its own power, which of course is a record ...
Dushmans "affectionately" nicknamed 24-ku - "Shaitan-Arba" ...

After the release of the Bondarchuk film "9-i rota", those gorgeous shots with Mi-24 slowly floating into the frame ...
Even when watching you could feel the strength and power of this machine ... but what you experience while being close to you in real life is really impressive!
And to take pictures in such conditions, believe me, is far from a simple task, you could stand on your feet, not to the angles)))


Meanwhile, more and more new crews take their places in the cabins and continue flying ...

Take off ...

Hanging with turns is also part of the training ...

In the air, it becomes crowded from working machines, but there is enough space for everyone, each crew has its own tasks and its own route ...

Both runway bases are in operation ...

A successful car with an interesting fate, and therefore it is not surprising that this particular helicopter is mounted on a pedestal in the center of the part ...

I am glad that I could get acquainted with the "Crocodile" personally, and it is nice that his modified versions are still in service along with modern combat vehicles ...

On the eve of questions about the gray color, I will repeat the comment from the previous post: - After one of the trips to the United States, former Defense Minister Serdyukov, "wanted" to repaint the aircraft of the American type, in dark gray ... Shoigu, this order (for coloring in gray) was canceled, and another one was issued in its place, indicating (approximately): "... the color of the aircraft should match the color of the environment in the area where the equipment is based .. . "Return camouflage will be gradual Occasionally, as the boards are painted in dark gray.

I express my gratitude to the press service of the Ministry of Defense, as well as to the entire composition of 344-in the pulp and paper industry and PLC for the possibility of filming in the center.
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  1. NickitaDembelnulsa
    NickitaDembelnulsa April 27 2013 07: 28 New
    Why did the Mi-35 order so little?
    1. cth; fyn
      cth; fyn April 27 2013 08: 51 New
      35 is an export version of 24 matches.
      1. Wedmak
        Wedmak April 27 2013 09: 17 New
        Not export, but a new modification of 24. Moreover, it is very redesigned.
        1. smprofi
          smprofi April 27 2013 11: 59 New
          Quote: Wedmak
          Not export, but a new modification of 24 matches. Moreover, very reworked

          This is a very "philosophical question."
          the Mi-35 designation appeared when the Mi-24V began to be exported in the 70s. and there was nothing to negate a colleague cth; fyn. and with the marking of the Mi-35 there are several options for the machine:
          • Mi-35M1 - modernized. It features TV3-117VMA engines, French avionics, and a shortened wing. The composition of the armament is similar to the Mi-24VP.
          • Mi-35M2 - high-rise. It is distinguished by TV3-117VMA-SBZ engines.
          • Mi-35M3 - export version of the Mi-24VM.
          • Mi-35MO - night. It differs in the optoelectronic system GOES-342. In 2000, 2 helicopters were converted.
          • Mi-35P - export version of the Mi-24P.

          as for the current Mi-35 ... there is, however, a bad trend in modern times when upgraded samples are issued for the newest samples of technology. no, well, for fraud - just right. but in real life ...
          they didn’t do that in the Union.
          the same Mi-24V or Mi-24P differs from the Mi-24A or Mi-24B like the sky from the earth, but you didn’t get a different marking, the letter just changed, indicating modifications
          1. Sirocco
            Sirocco April 27 2013 16: 35 New
            There is a completely new modification. You forgot to mention it. So to say a universal device. laughing
            1. smprofi
              smprofi April 27 2013 16: 51 New
              Siroccowe are afraid! (strictly waves a finger) repeat
              1. Sirocco
                Sirocco April 27 2013 17: 41 New
                If the memory serves, we revel the third time in a year, about 24-ku. request
                1. smprofi
                  smprofi April 27 2013 20: 14 New
                  Sirocco, and more than once

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            2. Nick
              Nick April 27 2013 21: 00 New
              Quote: Sirocco
              So to say universal device

              Well, "combine harvesters" of vertical take-off in the USSR did ... wink
              1. smprofi
                smprofi April 27 2013 21: 51 New
                Quote: Nick
                still in the USSR did

                those who drove away any clumsy hooliganoph beyond the borders of our homeland?
                1. Nick
                  Nick April 28 2013 00: 33 New
                  Quote: smprofi
                  e, that drove off any clumsy bullies outside the borders of our homeland?

                  That's it!
            3. wheel
              wheel April 28 2013 14: 04 New
              this modification is successfully applied in the Republic of Belarus during the sowing and harvesting campaign laughing
  2. Sakhalininsk
    Sakhalininsk April 27 2013 07: 40 New
    A beautiful and very impressive helicopter in the sky. On the account of this machine are hundreds of enemies and no less than the saved lives of our soldiers. I want to believe that updating the crocodile park will go quickly, our army needs these cars.
  3. SPACE
    SPACE April 27 2013 08: 46 New
    It reminds me of a dragonfly. In 84, they drove around the training ground near the village, flying low above the ground, brutally bristling with rocket weapons under their wings, dropping their nose predatory, a striking sound as if warning of imminent retaliation approaching ..., A magnificent sight of a flying MI-24, causing goosebumps and wild fear and at the same time pride and a sense of security from the fact that this is your protector.
    1. tttttt
      tttttt April 27 2013 09: 46 New
      The nickname "Crocodile" was probably given by Soviet officers who watched the super popular cartoon about the Cheburashka under the Union. So in the front view, MI-24 is strikingly similar to the good old crocodile Gena, and not to a real crocodile. The truth is far from being as kind as the well-known character. laughing
      1. Black
        Black April 29 2013 00: 02 New
        the first modifications were called "glasses" because of the faceted glazing.
    2. smprofi
      smprofi April 27 2013 12: 10 New
      Quote: SPACE
      A magnificent sight of the flying MI-24, causing goosebumps and wild fear and at the same time pride and a sense of security from the fact that this is your protector.

      hmm ... in the same 84th were in camps. and there were small teachings. we were kicked out to the training position of the battery of the Krug Circle air defense system. helicopter pilots also apparently had exercises. and now a couple came to our position, from behind a forest cape, along a ravine ... into a bayonet directly at us. AMAZING! sense of security it was only from the fact that you realized that these were only teachings. the fact that a pair of ZU-23-2 is attached to the battery and the appearance of the crocodile in the body kit indicated only one thing, that at the distance from which they emerged and came at us, somewhere 400-500 meters, the victory was only for the crocodile.
      before that he lived in the garrison, where the MiG-21 was based. seen enough and heard enough. but the way the Mi-24 looks, how it goes is a bewitching sight.
    3. Nick
      Nick April 27 2013 21: 03 New
      Quote: SPACE
      A magnificent sight of the flying MI-24, causing goosebumps and wild fear and at the same time pride and a sense of security from the fact that this is your protector.

      And what a holy horror you would have experienced while being 300 meters from the launching ICBM! Eh! you will not describe in words ... good
      1. Misantrop
        Misantrop April 27 2013 21: 13 New
        Quote: Nick
        being 300 meters from the launching ICBM

        A couple of tens of meters from her the feeling is even cooler, the cruiser is already sagging at launch ...
        1. Nick
          Nick April 28 2013 01: 39 New
          Quote: Misantrop
          A couple of tens of meters from her feeling even steeper, the cruiser is already sagging at launch

          Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the sea launch ...
    4. xetai9977
      xetai9977 15 May 2013 07: 43 New
      absolutely right !!!
  4. Focker
    Focker April 27 2013 09: 59 New
    If I were a helicopter designer in Russia, I would make new combat helicopters like replicas of the Mi-24! Of course, not completely, but outwardly they should resemble him. Because not a single combat helicopter in the world (with the possible exception of only Ka-50/52) looks as impressive as the Mi-24! This is a real combat helicopter both externally and by participating in hostilities. Most of all I like it!)
    1. Focker
      Focker April 27 2013 10: 06 New
      Ahahaa) You are on the right track, comrades!))

  5. standing down
    standing down April 27 2013 10: 06 New
    Dear author! A chic selection of photos spoils the first lines about your ignorance of the causes of the nickname of these handsome men. And since the "Crocodile" is an integral part of the history of this machine, minus you for an elementary reluctance to ask. If you find pictures of the first samples of MI-24, it will become clear. The glazing of the cockpit was made of sheet bulletproof glass, angular, and its shape was exactly like the muzzle of a reptile. What we are used to is already a modernization. And the nickname is fixed. You need to look for MI-24A. Well, very similar!
    1. Nikolai N
      Nikolai N April 27 2013 15: 14 New
      you know, for example, when I first saw him in the service during training, he immediately called him Crocodile for himself. Unaware of this helicopter or anything. It’s just that you won’t call it another way. So it’s useless to argue about the primacy of its name among the people. Another would not have taken root IMHO
    2. your1970
      your1970 11 March 2017 09: 28 New
      MI-24A was called "glass" or "faceted", then there was a "rasp", and only then a "crocodile" arose. Apparently it appeared due to a combination of eye-air intakes, a narrow "muzzle", swiftness at low altitudes and a general threat which from emanates from him. Predator in one word ...
      Mi-8 is good-natured (despite the pendants repeat ) - I wanted to stroke him, with 24 such a familiar idea does not even arise.
      I still regret that I couldn’t fly on a 24-ke - although I served in OBATO, I flew a lot for 8, but I didn’t have to 24 ....
  6. omsbon
    omsbon April 27 2013 10: 39 New
    Article +, thanks to the author!
    Also many thanks to our designers who created this wonderful car.
    We wish you new creative success!
  7. smprofi
    smprofi April 27 2013 12: 02 New
    small video supplement

  8. Bykov.
    Bykov. April 27 2013 13: 45 New
    ... and the second is that you need to "make legs" and very quickly ...

    Nah ... you won’t have time ...
    1. cth; fyn
      cth; fyn April 27 2013 14: 00 New
      The attempt is not torture;
      Main participation;
      Olympic principle
      Chet no longer remember the sayings about this. laughing
  9. stranik72
    stranik72 April 27 2013 13: 58 New
    To restore the truth, the first name of the Mi-24A was not a “crocodile” but a “rasp”, not only for its appearance, but also for its peculiar noise effect during the flight, different from the sound of the Mi-8T of that time. "Crocodile" appeared already by the results of flights in Avgan at extremely low altitude and in the gorge, especially this name clearly corresponded when viewed from the top of the color, movement against the background of the earth, well, like a crocodile, and armament together, is very dangerous and perfect. It’s a pity, of course, that modern traders from BP did not accept the Designers ’proposal and didn’t give the opportunity to modernize it in another direction, modernize the main gearbox, exclude drive boxes from the circuit, leaving the retractable landing gear and without touching the wings, finalize the control system and, together with the fact that it was implemented on the Mi-35M (modernized carrier system and avionics) then the Mi-24 was still considered one of the modern helicopters in the world, and the Mi-35M half-blood for which the design bureau is somewhat inconvenient, since the possibilities were completely different.
  10. Nikolai N
    Nikolai N April 27 2013 14: 59 New
    shaitan arba is they loving laughing . What a beautiful car, a masterpiece definitely
  11. German
    German April 27 2013 15: 01 New
    I fully support the author in that “when I see MI-24 coming into my forehead I want to make legs” I’ve only seen once in my life but I still have the impression ...
  12. Good fellow
    Good fellow April 27 2013 15: 13 New
    Good afternoon!
    I would like to share such a story about this helicopter, very sincerely and with love, the whole essence of this rotorcraft warrior is described in this short story.
    Author: Nagovitsyna Ekaterina "Mi-24"
    1. uladzimir.surko
      uladzimir.surko April 27 2013 17: 58 New
      Thanks for the link ! hi
  13. Kir
    Kir April 27 2013 17: 58 New
    Many thanks to the author for the selection of how to talk to the taste and color of no comrades. but to the whole world helicopter fleet, oh, how far is it from the beauty of the Ka-50/52 family, and by the way, the same Mi-28 looks so much more like a warrior to me, and this one. With regards to the same Serdyukov coloring, it’s good that at least the aces have not thought of painting.
  14. flanker7
    flanker7 April 27 2013 19: 00 New
    Powerful and beautiful helicopter. Great shots, thanks to the author.
  15. avkeys
    avkeys April 27 2013 19: 14 New
    Elegantly shot the attack of our Mi-24 pair at the beginning of the movie “Personal Number” in two jeeps.
  16. ebrd
    ebrd April 27 2013 20: 30 New
    This name is ,, crocodile ,, the first time I learned in Afghanistan, in the Union they still didn’t call it that way (maybe I'm mistaken) Besides its appearance - yellow-green camouflage, a predatory silhouette, you need to hear the sounds made during it ,, work ,, - a real ,, roar ,, of automatic cannons and hissing of manufactured rockets - here’s a crocodile for you ,,) --- ,, we are here, this is necessary, although I don’t remember the chance that we’ve covered, our, The psychological impact of the crocodile setting on the target is difficult to put into words --- here really- -better to do ,, legs ,, and not justified ...
  17. navy33
    navy33 April 27 2013 21: 49 New
    I greet everyone hi a wonderful helicopter !!! and most importantly BEST !!! here in Syzran we hang such a one on a stella, every time I pass by and stare. good
  18. HaByxoDaBHocep
    HaByxoDaBHocep April 28 2013 06: 48 New
    I saw them closely only once in my life, but my impressions remained for a lifetime, when I served in the army in the Far East, then while I was on duty, I almost squatted down when the four MI-24 fell out of the hill on a shaver, it was really scary, I don’t want them to attack me
  19. Noni4
    Noni4 April 28 2013 16: 05 New
    Helicopter legend. And how beautiful is so terrible and powerful.
  20. shinobi
    shinobi April 28 2013 16: 43 New
    The neighbor “Afganets”, little kingdom of heaven, said: when the crocodiles came to the attack, the Mujahideen immediately began to vote alahu akbar from horror. And one obos.r.a. was there, he and the support group of the surviving prisoner were found among the minced meat.
  21. Volkhov
    Volkhov April 28 2013 17: 44 New
    After one of his trips to the United States, the former Secretary of Defense Serdyukov, he “wanted” to repaint the aircraft, like the American ones, in dark gray ... With the advent of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, this order (in gray color) was canceled , and in its place another one was published, which stated (approximately): "... the color of the aircraft should match the color of the environment of the area where the equipment is based ..." Camouflage will be returned gradually, as the sides painted in dark gray color.

    Purely by chance, the Chinese also "wanted" to paint themselves in the color of NATO, so this is not a Zionism system at all. And in Mali, Serdyukov wanted to help the French and has not yet been canceled - they continue to help blacks to exterminate completely white Tuaregs - blacks are more important than related peoples with Russian ceramic culture - let them lie in rows in Sahara like in Butovo and Kommunarka. The Tuaregs got along with the blacks, and in the "liberated" cities, only blacks and Russians with the French.
    As in "House 2", "sensations" are discussed, not the meaning of what is happening. And the Afghans were scared for 10 years, but they left ... with crocodiles.
  22. воронов
    воронов April 28 2013 21: 20 New
    Good turntable, great they helped us out in due time !!! soldier
  23. smershspy
    smershspy April 29 2013 13: 31 New
    Hope to launch mass production! The main thing is not to be left as a prototype, but provided by the Armed Forces of the Defense Ministry and special units!
  24. Shkodnik65
    Shkodnik65 April 29 2013 15: 31 New
    The taste and color are comrade, as they say. Some people like the Ka-50/52, some 28th, some 24/35. In my opinion, they are all very beautiful, but each has its own unique beauty. Well, the fact that the attacking 24th is terrifying is a fact. And yet he is handsome.
  25. shitovmg
    shitovmg April 29 2013 21: 46 New
    I would like to see him in the air! This is in the technical museum of AvtoVAZ.
  26. lazy
    lazy 3 May 2013 18: 03 New
    here it is in the first modifications
  27. lazy
    lazy 3 May 2013 18: 04 New
    was with the "veranda"
  28. lazy
    lazy 3 May 2013 18: 06 New
    became such a modification of the mi-24p
  29. Matt eversmann
    Matt eversmann 9 June 2013 19: 31 New
    Many thanks to the author for the submitted photos! Lovely pinwheel!