Why Is This Mi-24 Hind Wearing U.S. Coast Guard Colors?

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Apparently, these are screencaps from some '80s Russian action movie, one in which the US Coast Guard was a way more aggressive fighting force than their actual mission requires. Still, the Hind looks quite dapper in its Coastie clothes don't you think?

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These images also remind us that the Mi-24 was really a brilliant design in that it was an attack helicopter with limited troop carrying abilities. This made the aircraft especially useful for inserting small special forces teams and resupplying those teams without the need for an additional armed escort. Also, the Hind's troop carrying capability is useful for plucking out other downed chopper crews and at least it is better than strapping yourself to the side of an Apache.

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Tyler Rogoway is a defense journalist and photographer who maintains the website Foxtrot Alpha for Jalopnik.com You can reach Tyler with story ideas or direct comments regarding this or any other defense topic via the email address Tyler@Jalopnik.com

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DISCUSSION

SidewaysOnDirt still misses Bowie

How did so many of these end up in movies in the west in the 80s? These were also featured in Red Dawn and Rambo III (Sly drives a tank into one!). It seems odd that the Soviets would be loaning their military hardware to Hollywood to make for a more believable Soviet (read bad guy) chopper.