Exterior surface – main and end tail

On the end cover of the upper section behind AI-9V, covering the driving gear box, since 1987 on the helicopters L-166V-11E Ispanka infrared

spectrum jammer is installed as a result of very costly experience of the

Soviet crews with Stinger missiles during the war in Afghanistan. For

the same reason, the infrared chaff flares ejectors were installed under

the end of the main boom at the same time. Four ASO-2V cassettes are

attached to the boom by two stainless steel clamps. The airframe without these modifications is in the instructions represented by already

mentioned No. 4009. D version lacks the U-shaped antenna under the

main boom for R-828 Eukaliptus radio for the communication with the

ground troops even though an opinion can be found in some publications

that some of Czechoslovak air force Hind Ds could have been equipped

with it.

On the tail boom the versions can differ in forward VKV antennas when

the standard, T-shaped one for R-863 radio was earlier represented by

sword-shaped antenna for R-860 i.e., the same as the rear antenna for

R-852. Consult the photographs to determine when the change took

place. Reportedly airframe 4009 carried two sword-shaped antennas

right after delivery without the „Afghan“ upgrade. Now we have reached

the tail where the main difference in comparison to V version is a mesh

next to the flight recorder. In case of V version AI-9V sucks the air from

here through the main boom but it’s missing on D because as we mentioned earlier AI-9V on D version sucks the air through the louvers located on the starting engine right cover. Therefore, the triangular mesh

cover on D version is plated over. On the tail boom lower section there

is again a trident-shaped antenna of the IIF SRO-2 Chrom 3rd bandwidth. D version lacks two antennas of the SPO-15 radar radiation warning

system and the oblique rectangular antenna cover on the spar right side.

Zvezda kit offers two options to cover the rear reduction gear. Off course

we will use the older version with complete coverage, the newer one,

with the simplified cover, is featured on Mi-24/35 aircraft delivered as


In comparison to V version the D ordnance combination is much less

diverse. It basically corresponds to an A version. The basic combination is four guided missiles 9M17P Falanga carried on the launching rails

2P32M/K-4U at the tips of the wing vertical pylons and rocket launchers

UB-32A-24 for 32 non-guided 57 mm rockets S-5KO or S-5MO. They are

attached to the BDZ-57KrV underwing racks numbered 1-4 from left to


The bomb ordnance is represented by 50, 100, 250 kg FAB, OFAB, ZAB, RBK

and SAB aviation bombs or 500 kg aviation bombs or incendiary tanks

ZB-500. Let’s note that 500 kg ammunition could only be attached to the

inner racks Nos. 2 and 3 while the outer racks Nos. 1 and 4 has to remain

empty in that case. The 250 kg bombs and rocket launchers could be combined in which case the rocket launchers were attached to the inner racks

Nos. 2 and 3. The Falanga missiles could be attached with any ordnance

combination under the wings. Furthermore, Czechoslovak, and Czech air

force used the RM-122 rocket blocks containing four non-guided 120 mm

rockets LR-122, mostly attached to the outer racks Nos. 1 and 4 and training concrete bombs CP-100-70. Watch out for Jaroslav Spacek´s prank



The ASO-2V decoys were retrofitted under the tail spar on the Mi-24D. On the V version,

they were already moved to the fuselage because the original design increased the load

on the tail spar.

a part of the Russian debt deblock. Also watch out for a small bump on

the rear reduction gear right side. The kit again features the newer version with BUR flight recorder sensor. All Mi-24 delivered to Czechoslovak air force during socialist régime featured much smaller cover, just

a barely visible bump. The last difference is the tail rotor blades. On the

D version they feature shallower airfoil thickness i.e., they are without

„cut-off“ trailing edge ending at the root and tip as well. The correction

is very simple. Zvezda kit offers blades for V version, so you just need

to sand them down. So far, I haven’t mentioned the main rotor blades

reason being they are identical for both versions. We have finished describing the exterior surface differences and now only the last chapter

is remaining, the ordnance.

when he orchestrated the air-to-air guided missiles R-60 to be attached

on the launching rails of the airframe 4011 instead of the Falangas in 1995

at Caslav airbase!

Falanga missile launcher with live missiles deployed.

INFO Eduard - November 2021