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Ivory Coast receives second replacement Mi-24 attack helicopter

The Ivory Coast has taken delivery of a second Mi-24 to replace those that previously crashed in 2019 and 2020.

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Ivory Coast receives second replacement Mi 24 Polish Mi-24 (Picture source: Cezary Piwowarski)

The Mil Mi-24 is a large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers.

The aircraft are to replace the two lost within the space of five months. On 27 November 2019, a Mi-24D (TU-VHR) was lost in a collision ; on 18 March 2020, another Mi-24D (TU-VHO) came down at Felix Houphouet Boigny airport in Abidjan.

The first replacement aircraft was delivered on 7 August 2020 to coincide with the Ivory Coast’s 60th Independence Day.  Both helicopters are believed to be ex-Bulgarian Air Force examples.