Photo: Petr Soukop


The chopper number 0836 demonstrates the form of the final supply during the existence of the socialist Czechoslovakia. On the frame of the windshield of the WSO’s

cockpit there is the trapezoidal antenna of the 62-01 Parol system and the bulky covers of the L-006 Beryozka system are already moved behind the rear cockpit.

equipment had to be added to ensure

at least very basic “westernalization”.

The GPS system, digital feet-calibrated

altimeter and western-standard transponder were added. The GPS antenna

was mounted on the frame of the

windshield of the WSO’s cockpit and the

white fin-shaped antennae of the APX-100

transponder were placed behind the front

wheel bay and on the top of the tail boom.

Stealth Hind

The Hind E No. 0837 was selected for

the trials of the special surface finish.

Rubber panels covered nearly the whole

fuselage with intention to delete the radar

frequency and so make the helicopter

less visible on the radar screens. The

new surface was also painted with an

experimental camo scheme. The paint was

to degrade the visibility of the helicopter

through the night vision goggles. None of

the measures proved efficient, the only

effect, apart of the smooth surface (the

riveting was hidden under the rubber

panels), was the added weight which

unbalanced the weight distribution of the


The weapons

Apart of the above-mentioned ATGMs


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Shturm replacing the much slower

Falanga, Hind E had a much wider variety

of weapons. There were unguided rocket

blocks B8V20 of 80 mm caliber, gun pods

GUV either with 30 mm grenade launcher

9-A-669 or with one 12,7 mm 9-A-624 fourbarrel Gatling gun plus two 7,62 mm ones

of the same system. Another option were

cannon pods containing two-barrel UPK23/250 cannon of 23 mm caliber, mine

containers KMGU-2 or rocket launchers

RM-122. More to it, up to four external fuel

tanks, each of 450 liters of volume, could

be fitted to the inner and outer racks. The

Shturm missiles could be fitted not only to

the end pylons, but also to the outer racks

through special adapters, increasing the

maximum number of ATGMs to eight.

Prior to the political changes at the end of

1989, one set of the exhaust gas cooling

system (EVU) was supplied, but it was

never used. This system was eventually

tested by the Czech army in 2002 with

a new set of the same type previously


The “new” generation

As a part of the debts payments by

Russian Federation to Czech Republic,

17 new Hinds E were supplied to the

Czech army between 2003 and 2006.

Seven of them kept the older designation

Mi-24V, while ten others were designated

Mi-35, which was the export designation

of basically the same aircraft . But some

minor differences existed.

The first batch consisted of seven

choppers numbered 7353 through 7358

plus 0981. They were all powered by the

new engines TV3-117VMA and the flare

dispensers were fitted differently to the

fuselage. The cockpits were painted in

black instead of the turquoise color used

previously. This change was done with aim

to allow use of the night vision goggles

(NVG). Unfortunately, the illumination was

not NVG compatible, so the effort was


As there was no GPS system installed,

these choppers were in fact the same as

those supplied in the eighties, including

the Cyrillic stenciling in the cockpits.

What was missing was the system

Friend-Foe, so these machines had

neither the antennae of the SRO-2 Chrom,

nor the 62-01 Parol. But early into use,

these new choppers were fitted with

APX-100 transponders and a little bit

later also with LUN 3520 radio of Czech

origin. The T-shaped black antenna was

fitted on the tail slightly to the right side.

In the WSO cockpit, the control panel was

April 2023