The original type designation of Hind E was Mi-24V, where
the letter V means “vysotnyi” which translates as “highaltitude”. This corresponds to engines' higher power available
at higher level. This allowed not only a higher ceiling but, most
importantly, the ability to hover at higher height above sea
level, both with or without the ground effect.
The Hind’s E predecessor, the Hind D,
was continually developed and many
of the features of the Hind E were
already adopted. The only differences
distinguishing the two at first sight at
every stage of development are the ATGM
used and the location of the APU intake.
The Hind E used more advanced and
beam-targeted supersonic 9M114 Shturm
missiles instead of wire-controlled
subsonic 9M17P Falanga ones. The guiding
system appearance also differed in the
shape of the antenna cover on the port
side below the nose and different doors
and other details on the sighting/aiming
system on the starboard side. Also, while
the Hind D has the intake for APU on the
starboard side of the fuselage ridge just
opposed to the APU’s exhaust on the
port side, the Hind E is feeding the air to
APU through the whole tail beam via the
triangle-shaped opening in the low part
of the vertical stabilizer on the starboard.
All the other features, including more
powerful TV3-117V engines, “wet” pylons,
shape of the main as well as tail rotor
blades and other features can be seen not
only on the Hind E, but also on late Hind
D choppers, depending on the state of the
development. But Czechoslovakia did not
use these late Hind Ds.
landing light FFP-7 added. On the trailing
edge of the tail, two small bulges of the
warning system antennae were added.
These were monitoring the rear area.
The early Hinds E also kept the frame in
the wheel bay separating the port and
The early Hind D were additionally
equipped with the flare dispensers
ASO-2V. These were fixed to the rear of
the tail by the metal belts encircling the
tail. The early Hinds E had the dispensers
screwed directly into the frame of the tail.
As the Hind E was developed the later
series (Nos 0786 through 0790 and 0812
through 0816 in Czechoslovakia) had the
gun camera removed from the port side
wing and a new type (SS-45) installed in
the rear pilot-in-command cockpit in the
case on the right side of the gunsight. The
above-mentioned frame in the main wheel
bay was removed, which was greeted by
technicians as it made easier the access
to the serviced components in the bay.
The choppers with tail numbers 0832
through 0839 presented another step in
the development of the Hinds E supplied
to Czechoslovakia: The covers of the
L-006 system were moved behind the
rear cockpit and raised out of reach
from the ground. The three-fingers
SRO-2 antennae were changed for the
trapezoidal antennae of new system
62-01 Parol. As a third visible change, the
flare dispensers were moved from the
tail to the rear of the center section of
the fuselage behind and above the wing.
Also, their number was increased from
four to six (three on each side). They
firstly had covers, but as their removal
and fixing during maintenance was rather
complicated, the covers were gone on
later series of Hind E.
The last Hinds E supplied to Czechoslovakia were choppers with the numbers
0927, 0928 and 0929. They sported minor
changes on the instrument panel in the
rear cockpit, but otherwise were the
same as the previous ones. Two of these
were lost in fatal air crashes and seven
airmen were killed.
After several technical inspections and
overhauls, most of the oldest Hinds E
in the inventory of the Czech army were
discarded and Nos. 0702, 0710, 0788,
0790, 0815, 0835 and 0839 were sold to
AAL company from United Arab Emirates.
After some non-specified overhaul, they
were sold – probably to Libya or Sudan.
After the political changes in 1989, first
upgrades to the Czechoslovak Hinds E
were made. Due to the rising number
of participations on Western airshows,
Early series of Hind E (numbers from
0701 to 0710 in Czechoslovakia) were
equipped with older type of the FriendFoe identification system SRO-2 Chrom.
It was recognizable by the “three fingers”
antennae on the top of the WSO’s cockpit
canopy windshield frame and on the
bottom of the tail fin. The gun camera
S-13 was mounted on the port side on the
front of the joint section of the wing and
the vertical pylon. This corresponded to
the Hind D, but the early Hinds E lacked
the small, bulged antenna of the warning
system S3M Sirena (it was also absent
on the rear of the outer pods). Instead,
the Czechoslovak Hinds E used the
more advanced passive system L-006
Beryozka (birch) installed in the bulky
oval covers on both sides of the front
fuselage between front and rear cockpit.
These were quite popular among pilots
as they were used as handy shelves for
the map cases or helmets prior to or
after the flight. Behind and under the
port Beryozka antenna, there was a fixed
The first batch of Hinds E sported the gun camera placed in the intersection of the end of the wing and the
end pylon like on the Hind D but the small bumpy antenna of the warning S3M Sirena system is missing.