The Mi-24 was developed during the mid-60's to provide a multi-role
military helicopter. The prototype first flew in 1969.
The Hind entered service in 1973 in East Germany and was used in
exercises in armed assault, anti-armor and helicopter escort roles. The Mi-24 is quite capable in the gunship role
and can also accommodate a crew of four and eight armed troops. This helicopter saw extensive use in Afghanistan as well as the Iran/Iraq
war of the early 80's.
"Hind" is the NATO code name for the Mi-24.