The Hind is a Russian multipurpose helicopter designed in the late 1970s as a response to the American Cobra. Soviet observers in Vietnam noted the usefulness of a designated attack helicopter, and wished to design one themselves. However, the designers thought it useful to add a cabin section for troops. The first of its kind, the Hind was also lethal. It was extremely resistant to fire, and could carry an array of weapons from bombs to rocket pods. However, it was not without flaws. The Hind had to make a rolling takeoff due to its weight. It also had a large heat signature, which made it vulnerable to heat-seeking missiles such as the American Stinger. Despite this, it is still used today by a variety of countries, and remains one of the most well-known vehicles of the Cold War.
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