The US has its AH-64 Apache gunship and the Russians their Mi-24 attack helicopter.
Reinstalling Gearbox & Engine Of Mi-24 Attach Helicopter
The following video is a time lapse of the Northrop Grumman engineers reinstalling the main gearbox and engine on an Mi-24, a Russian attack helicopter built by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and exported to more than 30 nations around the world. The Mi-24 is known as the flying tank and is often camouflaged in green spots, making it look like a crocodile.
The crocodile has been called the most capable, multi role rotorcraft ever built. It can reach high altitudes, carries a 50 caliber munition, performs light lifting capabilities, carries air to air and air to ground missiles, canons and auxiliary weapon pods.
The Mi-24 turboshaft transports up to eight personnel, has a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h), a 21’4″ (6.5 m) wingspan, is 57 feet (18 m) long, was first flown in 1969 and was built at a cost of $12 million. The Mi-24 is powered by two Isotov TV3-117 2,200 horsepower turbine engines, has five rotor blades and has a range of 289 miles or 600 miles with auxiliary fuel.
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References and related links:
- Mil Mi-24 Hind Attack Helicopter: Yefim Gordon, Dmitriy Komissarov: 9781840372380: Amazon.com: Books
- Ukrainian Mil Mi-24 Hind Attack Helicopter Serving in Congo | Global Military Review