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Phoenix Attack Helicopter Battalion

History:

The battalion originates its name from the 2nd „Phoenix” Attack Helicopter Squadron, established in 01. 11. 1991 with major János „Pucuv” Bálint as commander. In 2004 the HDF 87th „Bakony” Attack Helicopter Regiment and the 89th „Szolnok” Mixed Transport Regiment was merged into one unit. Based on the two former regiments’ helicopter pilots, Phoenix Attack Helicopter Battalion was formed in early August, 2004. Its first commander was Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt „Zsazsa” Szántó.

The battalion is using the D, V and P variants of the Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter. D models were introduced in 1978, V models in 1985 while P models in 2004.

Basic tasks:

Fire Support, Close Air Support, Aerial Reconnaissance, Airborne CRBN Reconnaissance, Counter-terrorism, Border Security and Disaster Relief missions.

Organization and tasking:

Command section and Battalion Staff

Responsible for planning and organizing all battalion activities, both in peace-time and in crisis situations, in close cooperation with the Base Command and Base Staff.

Aircrews:

The Battalion has six Flights, having three Pilot-in-Commands and three Weapon System Operators in each Flight.

Tasks:

  • Execution of Basic Tasks;
  • Maintain and develop general and professional skills;
  • Cooperation with other Aviation Units to facilitate their training tasks;
  • Cooperation with Land Force Units to facilitate their training tasks;
  • Cooperation with Surveillance and Flight Controlling Units in monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of their ground-based equipment;
  • Participation in different exercises;
  • Supporting Airmobile and Combat Support missions;
  • Air Support of Light Infantry Units;
  • Infiltration, Extraction and Air Support for Special Operations Teams;
  • Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD);
  • Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR);
  • Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC);
  • Air Policing;
  • Aerial Reconnaissance;
  • Area Control;
  • Show of Force;
  • External Load capabilities;
  • Border Security missions;
  • Airborne CRBN missions;
  • Disaster Relief and Fire Fighting missions;
  • Counter-terrorism missions.

Platform:

Mi-24 Hind D/V/P

General features
Purpose Attack Helicopter
Aircrew 2
First Flight 1969
Entering service in Hungary 1978
Manufacturer Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant
Dimensions
Length 21,35 m
Main Rotor diameter 17,3 m
Height 5,47 m
Wingspan 6,66 m
Weights
Empty weight 8450-8620 kg
Maximum Take-off weight 11 800 kg
Transport Capacity 8 troops or 4 stretchers
Performance data
Engines 2  x Isotov TV-3-117 gas turbine engine
Performance 2 × 1600 kW (2×2225 SHP)
Maximum speed 335 km/h
Range 450 km
Service Ceiling 4500 m

Mi-24 Hind D

Fixed weapon:

JakB, 12,7 mm-es four barrelled rotary Gatling-Gun with 1470 db 12,7mm rounds.

Other weapons:

  • 4 x 9M17P Falanga armor-piercing missiles;
  • 4 x UB-32-57 rocket pods with 128 x S-5 rockets;
  • 4 x FAB-100 or 2 x FAB-250 or 2 x FAB-500M62 500 bombs;
  • 2 x 23 mm twin-barrelled gun pods;
  • 2 x 30 mm automatic grenade-launcher pods;
  • 2 x MG pods housing 2 x 7,62 mm and 1 x 12,7 mm machine guns;
  • 2 x KMGU mine dispenser pods.

Mi-24 Hind V

Fixed weapon:

JakB, 12,7 mm-es four barrelled rotary Gatling-Gun with 1470 db 12,7mm rounds.

Other weapons:

  • 8 x 9K114 STURM armor-piercing missiles;
  • 2 x B8-V20 rocket pods with 40 S-8 rockets;
  • 4 x UB-32-57 rocket pods with 128 x S-5 rockets;
  • 4 x FAB-100 or 2 x FAB-250 or 2 x FAB-500M62 500 bombs;
  • 2 x 23 mm twin-barrelled gun pods;
  • 2 x 30 mm automatic grenade-launcher pods;
  • 2 x MG pods housing 2 x 7,62 mm and 1 x 12,7 mm machine guns;
  • 2 x KMGU mine dispenser pods.

Mi-24 Hind P

Fixed weapon:

GSh–30K 30 mm twin-barrelled machine gun with 250 30mm rounds.

Other weapons:

  • 8 x 9K114 STURM armor-piercing missiles;
  • 2 x B8-V20 rocket pods with 40 S-8 rockets;
  • 4 x UB-32-57 rocket pods with 128 x S-5 rockets;
  • 4 x FAB-100 or 2 x FAB-250 or 2 x FAB-500M62 500 bombs;
  • 2 x 23 mm twin-barrelled gun pods;
  • 2 x 30 mm automatic grenade-launcher pods;
  • 2 x MG pods housing 2 x 7,62 mm and 1 x 12,7 mm machine guns;
  • 2 x KMGU mine dispenser pods.

Badges

Badges of the „Phoenix” Attack Helicopter Battalion were designed during the years with the HDF 87th „Bakony” Attack Helicopter Regiment and are still in use. The Battalion has two official badges with the mythical bird in the center, symbolizing the perpetual renewal. The Phoenix is indestructible!

Leisure Time

The Personnel of the Battalion often organizes programs whose principal purpose is relaxation and strenghtening the team spirit within the unit.

 

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