Schweizair From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2229 times:
The Hind is a sight to behold. The size and its armament scared me badly when the Soviet Union was around. Still, I wonder, was it ever vulnerable to small arms fire? It seems like our UH60 and Chinooks get shot down all the time by a rusted out Kalashnikov. Does anybody know the attrition rates in Afghanistan before and after we shipped Stingers to the rebels? What did the Soviets do to counter the Stinger? That tactic, oddly, has never been discussed in any book I've read about the Soviet-Afghan conflict.
727200er From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2138 times:
The Hind is the rotor eq of the A10 the thing can take alot of damage before going down. There is not alot of info available about attrition in Afganistan due to the Soviet policies of secrecy. They lost alot of hinds though due to the stinger. Small arms fire against the Hind is mostly a waste of time. You would likely be dead long before you could do enough damage to down it.
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LMP737 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 4788 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1842 times:
I remember reading an article about the Hind a couple years back. One of the weaknesses was the location of the engine exhausts. They were located in the top center of the fuselage right under the main rotor. To top it off the exhausts did not have IR suppressors. When the Hind took a hit not only was the engine damaged but other systems such as the transmission and main rotor.