Egypt is fielding at least two Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ assault helicopters of unknown origin a Ministry of Defence (MoD) video released on 13 January revealed.
The promotional video highlighting the capabilities of the country’s armed forces shows a pair of Mi-24s in the colours and markings of the Egyptian Air Force (EAF). No sale of the Mi-24 to Egypt had previously been noted although the country was linked in 2014 to a prospective sale of the more modern Mi-35 that did not materialise.
The Mi-24s shown in the video are identifiable by their retractable undercarriage, as opposed to the fixed-undercarriage of the Mi-35, and by the six-pylon stub-wings, as opposed to the Mi-35’s four pylons.
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