Helicopter Called Crocodile

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Why is this helicopter called “crocodile”? Maybe because it’s the first thing which comes to your mind when you see it at the distance of some meters.The second thing which you think about is that you need to run away… immediately!

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Helicopter Called Crocodile

We are at the 344th Combat and Conversion Training Center of Army Aviation to have a closer look at Mi-24 helicopter.

Helicopter Called Crocodile

The center trains sniper-pilots and navigator-pilots and educates foreign military experts of flight and maintenace personnel. Today they have no problems with fuel and training is in full swing. One crew replace another without stopping the engine of the helicopter not to waste time.

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Landing.

Helicopter Called Crocodile

It’s hot in the air!

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Mi-24 (according to the NATO classification – “Hind”) is a transport and attack helicopter designed by the experimental design bureau named after M. L. Mil’.
It became the first Russian and world second (after AN-1 “Cobra”) specialized attack helicopter. Its serial production started in 1971. It already has a many modifications, has been exported to various countries of the world. Mi-24 was being actively used in the years of the Afghan War, took part in combat operations in Chechnya, in many regional conflicts.

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Taking off again…

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Armored cockpit and main components allow not to respond to hits of machine-gun and rifle bullets. For example, the bulletproof windshield withstood 12,7 mm bullets in Afghanistan. And even if control systems of the helicopter are destroyed it does not guarantee destruction of the vehicle itself.

Mujaheddins had to use machine guns of 14,5 mm calibre and man-portable SAM weapon “Strela” (“Stinger” as well) and sometimes Mi-24 came back to the base with shell-holes all over but still alive. Once in Afghanistan Mi-24 was hit by the “Sparrow” missile launched by F-4 “Phantom” and what came back to the base was only half of the helicopter…

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Meanwhile another crew continues to fly.

Hovering with turining is a part of training too.

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Each crew has its own tasks and its own route.

Helicopter Called Crocodile

This one had an interesting destiny so it was placed here, right on the territory of the centre.

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Helicopter Called Crocodile

Helicopter Called Crocodile

It’s nice that “Crocodile’s” modified versions are still in use along with modern combat vehicles.

via tankasan

8 thoughts on “Helicopter Called Crocodile”

  1. Satin black would be the best, but..the Russians have the coolest camo patterns and colors anyway..so…its all good!

      • Pakistan has never been in direct conflict with Russia, rather the people are more inclined towards Russia than compared to our Government here,,,, Moreover Pakistan never had a F-4 Phantom…

  2. Why it was called Crocodile?
    Because from some frontal angles, the twin air intakes look like the eyes, and the pilot/gunner cockpits like it’s snout.
    And beware when it’s after you! 😀

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