ATE Super Hind Mk. III



Overview


Super Hind Mk IV

Super Hind Mk IV in flight.

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Origin
South Africa
Type
Attack helicopter
Entered service
2001
Status
In service
Development
1996 - 1998
Developer
South Africa - Advanced Technology and Engineering (ATE)
Production
2000's
Producer
Algeria - ATE
Ukraine - ATE
Number produced
Several prototypes
34 Super Hind Mk. III
10 Mi-24G (Mk. IV)
Designations
Mi-24G (Super Hind Mk. IV in Azerbaijan)
Notable users
Algeria
Azerbaijan

Description


Introduction

The Super Hind Mk. III is an upgrade of the Mi-24 Hind developed in South Africa. In the 1990’s ATE developed an upgrade package for existing Mi-24 combat helicopters aimed at improving their armament, avionics, countermeasures and performance. Various upgrade packages were developed, with the Mk III acquired by Algeria and the Mk IV by Azerbaijan.

Design

The Super Hind combines modern South African weapon systems and avionics with existing Mi-24 airframes. Performance is increased by weight reduction. The Super Hind is not produced as a new aircraft, but an upgrade applied to existing airframes.

Firepower

The gun armament is replaced by a 20mm Vektor F2 autocannon in a new chin turret with external ammunition storage. The chin turret with front mounted sight unit is the most recognizable external upgrade. Anti-tank capability on the Mk III is improved by fitting the long range laser guided ZT-3 Ingwe anti-tank missile. Alternatively the Mk IV is equipped with the Ukranian Baryer anti-tank missile.

Users

The Super Hind Mk III was acquired by Algeria with the first of 34 upgraded aircraft operational in 2001. Azerbaijan acquired the Mk IV upgrade for 10 aircraft, which are designated as Mi-24G.

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