Operator wrote:Strange, just noticed this. Mi-24VP seems to have wrong model, because Mi-24V have proper one - with 8 launch tubes and a pair of rocked pods.
But Mi-28 definitely misconfigured. Or I missed something...
I wasn't even aware Russia had a 4-tube launcher for any kind of ATGM. In fact, I've read a few sources that flat-out state Russia does not have such a launcher. At best, they have the APU-6 and APU-8 for the 9K121 Vikhr system, and the 8-tube launcher for the Ataka-V. Additionally, I'm pretty sure the wingtip pylons of the Mi-24 series (pre-Mi-24VM/PM) aren't capable of handling a load that heavy. IMO, a better load for the Mi-24 to keep it's weapons relatively the same would be 2 UB-32 pods (firing S-5 rockets) for a total of 64 rockets on the two inner-most pylons, and the two outer pylons of each wing carrying two Shturm-V tubes (called "Kokon" ingame). The same would go for the Mi-24VP, unless the S-8 rocket series were added, in which case I'd suggest giving the Mi-24VP two B-8V20A rocket pods.
Toma wrote:where do you get S-13 loaded on a Grad ? 122 milimeters is one thing ... sort of reference please
They're both 122mm rockets, but I think that's where the similarities stop. The S-13 was designed as an intermediary between the 57mm and 240mm rockets, specifically to take out hardened structures, like bunkers and hardened aircraft shelters. It was also designed to crater runways. To this effect, the concrete-piercing version (S-13T) actually has two warheads to ensure that at least one warhead goes off after penetration. They began research into a design around 1969, and by 1979 it was in testing. Given that the BM-21 entered service around 1964, I think its safe to say they use different rockets.
Toma wrote:Also the S-13 rockets are sort of short ranged compared to S-5/S-8 rockets.
Yeah, the S-13 has a stated effective range of 1600-3000m, as opposed to the S-8 rocket's 1300-4000m range.
Toma wrote:And if Im not mistaken, VP version was just a few helos made before production halted.
According to Wikipedia, they only produced about 24 before production halted. Granted, Russia also only produced a couple prototypes of the Mi-28 before the Soviet Union collapsed, yet we can still play around with those. I think we can ascribe this to "what if the USSR had managed to stay afloat in 1990 and continued with scheduled production of their plans from 1989."