Mi-24N ‘Ghost Hind’ The beast of North.

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Drawing of Mi 24
In the early hours of Friday, just after the morning prayers the people of  gwunje in Kwaya Kusar in Borno state Nigeria was just waking up from a beautiful night. Peace is rare in this part of the world, so rare that the people here have almost forgotten how it feels like.

The war has taking it toll on this small village, all the young men are all gone now, gone to join the war efforts. There's just so many war armies we can't even keep track anymore. There's the Nigerian Army (The good guys), the CJTF, the village vigilantes, the Chadian armies, Ansari and then there's Boko Haram the most evil of them all.
Sometimes they attack us from time to time stealing our goats and sheep and taking our little foodstuffs, they are heartless those ones but this days they don't bother us too much, i hear that they are now being slaughtered in the hundreds, it gladdens our hearts to hear such news. 
When the war began six years ago, we lost everything-- all our belongings, we had to flee our beloved homes but we are back now. Since the beast showed up at the dawn of the last full moon. we had hope for the first time. Sometimes when it comes we call it the 'Night Ghost'. Our own avenging angel. It spits huge fireballs and rain down thunders of steel. We hardly see it's shape or size but we hear it whenever it moves, then we'll know our little village is safe for the night.
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A Nigerian Hind patrolling the airspace
We've learnt its haunting scream, as the dying ember of the sun and the last flicker of light fades out over our village, then it appears. Usually two at a time-- flying so low yet so high and far away.

Seeking out those devil spawns called boko haram at their enclave. They hunt in packs like those bush wolves we see in the forest. The Hinds saving our country one village at a time.

The 'Night Ghost' as we call them are the Mi-24 Hind assault helicopter made in Russia.
The Mi-24 (NATO designation Hind) is one of the most widely-known assault helicopter gunships in the world, and remains in service with at least 50 air arms.
The Mi-24 was developed from the tried and tested Mi-8 multirole transport helicopter and was first flown in V-24 prototype form in 1969. Production commenced in 1971 and ceased in 1991. Over 2 300 Hinds of al variants were produced.
The definitive initial production variant was the Mi-24D Hind-D (Mi-25 for export). This introduced heavily-armored, stepped cockpits ant an undernose gun turret. Vital components of the helicopter are also armored. This gunship has a crew of three and can carry up to 8 fully-equipped troops.
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Mi-24 Hind
SPECIFICATION (Credits military-today.com)
Entered service 1971
Crew 3 men
Troops 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 19.79 m
Main rotor diameter 17.3 m
Height 6.5 m
Weight (empty) 8.4 t
Weight (maximum take off) 12.5 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x Klimov TV3-117 turboshafts
Engine power 2 x 2 200 hp
Maximum speed 310 km/h
Service ceiling 4.5 km/h
Range 450 km/h
Combat radius 160 km
Cannon 1 x 4-barrel 12.7-mm gun, later replaced with a 23-mm twin-barrel cannon
Missiles 9M17P Skorpion (AT-2 Swatter), 9M114 Shturm (AT-6 Spiral) anti-tank guided missiles
Other 57-mm, 80-mm, 130-mm and 240-mm rockets; AGS-17 30-mm grenade launchers

Ekene Lionel

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