The Mil Mi-24/35 (NATO reporting name: Hind) is a formidable gunship, synonymous for its employment by the Warsaw Pact nations during the Cold War. While Hind numbers have dropped since the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, a number of European operators are set to continue operating the type for at least the next five years, as Alexander Mladenov reports.
The Mil Mi-24/35 Hind, is an attack helicopter with a limited transport capability. A product of the Cold War, the type is still widely operated by a number of nations across Central and Eastern Europe. Used to equip the air arms of no less than seven countries with a total fleet exceeding 180 aircraft in the early 2000s, today the combined fleet is less than 70 in active service, operated by five NATO air arms and two non-NATO member states.