Ivory Coast receives more Mi-24 attack helicopter

The Ivory Coast Air Force has acquired two Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters to enhance it’s operations.

The first Hind attack helicopter was received on 7 August, arriving at Abidjan airport aboard a Ukrainian Air Force Il-76 transport aircraft.

The second helicopter will be delivered “within three months” time, says the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara.

The two Mil Mi-24 “Hind” attack helicopters are most likely attrition replacement for two lost few months back.

According to a United Nations Register of Conventional Arms published on 2017, Ivory Coast received three Russian-made attack helicopters.

On 27 November 2019, an Mi-24D (TU-VHR) was lost after a collision with an Presidential Mi-17 serial TU-VHM that was parked on the ground at Katiola. The Mi-17 sustained slight damage and was repaired soon afterwards, while the Mi-24 was written off.

Incidentally, on 18 March, another Mi-24D (TU-VHO) crashed at Felix Houphouet Boigny airport in Abidjan. The Mi-24 helicopter was operated by the Escadrille de Chasse (attack squadron) based at Base Aérienne de Abidjan/Port Bouet.

The helicopter pilots sustained minor injuries, both left the crashed helicopter unaided, however, the Mi-24D was suffered significant damage.

The Ivorian military also took delivery of two Mi-17 second hand Mi-8P transport helicopters, which will be used for medical evacuation duties as part of the country’s mobilisation efforts against the Coronavirus epidemic.

The two helicopters (TU-VHL and TU-VHN) were delivered in mid-March.

Kazim Abdul

Former Sudanese Army captain, now tasked to sustain the peace. Peace is Golden.

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