Known as the world’s most numerous attack helicopter, the Mi-24/35 Hind is still in production in Russia, with a series of upgrades and continuing interest from operators. Alexander Mladenov reports
Launched in the early 1970s and with more than 3,600 built, the iconic Hind is still enjoying export demand for new-build machines.
The renaissance of the Mi-24/35P/35M family of attack helicopters happened, somewhat unexpectedly, during the mid-2000s, while the early 2010s saw a hike in the production of the type, with numerous orders for newly built Mi-35Ms being placed by both domestic and export customers alike.
Current demand for the armoured attack type promises that the production of the Mi-35P/M family at the Rostvertol plant in the southern part of Russia is expected to continue until the mid-2020s.