Mil Mi-24 Hind Gunship
By Alexander Mladenov, illustrated by Ian Palmer
Osprey New Vanguard Series Book 171
Paperback, 48 pages, heavily illustrated
Published by Osprey Publishing September 2010
Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.1 x 9.9 inches
U.S. helicopter tactics rely on two basic types of platforms – assault helicopters such as the AH-1 Cobra or AH-64 Apache suppress enemy defenses which allows troops to be inserted by transport helicopters such as the UH-1 Huey or UH-60 Blackhawk. In the Mil MI-24 Hind design the Soviets combined both functions, resulting in a heavily armed (and armored) assault helicopter which could also transport eight infantrymen.
This volume is divided into two parts. The first half of the book describes the design and development of the Hind. The various models are described including several types of special-purpose modifications. For each of these the author lists specific equipment installed to perform the missions required. The second half of the book is devoted to the various operators of the MI-24. The author provides an overview of operations of each nations Hinds. These are specific enough to understand the employment of the helicopters but do not go into great detail or contain crew interviews.
Like all books in the Osprey Vanguard series this is not a lengthy all-encompassing history of the subject but there is enough there to familiarize the reader with the high points. I felt the technical description was the right length – it covered all the variants and would have bogged down with additional detail. The section on the service histories was brief. There are certainly many interesting stories omitted here due to page length. Overall, another nice volume from Osprey.