Russia’s army aviation brigade of the Central Military District will receive four additional Mil Mi-24P attack helicopters by the end of this month.
"The arrival of four multirole strike helicopters will complete the process of forming a squadron of Mi-24P gunships. The rotorcraft crews will be accomplishing missions in flight tactical drills and will also be employed in various tactical exercises, from the company to the brigade level," Central Military District’s press office said in a statement Tuesday.
The military district received one Mi-24P gunship last month.
According to the statement, the pilots of the Mi-24P squadron have already received the required training.
Military districts of Russia serve as administrative divisions for the Russian Armed Forces. There are currently five military districts in Russia: four regular military districts (Western Military District, Central Military District, Eastern Military District, Southern Military District) and one military command (Northern Fleet Joint Strategic Command).
The Mi-24P gunship’s armament includes 23mm twin-barrel automatic guns placed in a nacelle under the wing. The helicopter can carry up to 2.5 tonnes of underslung bomb armament weighing from 50-500kg.
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