21 August 2018
UH-1 and Mi-4: Early Birds
We are happy to present a new vehicle type - combat helicopters! They play a very important role in modern warfare and they are an important part of the air forces of many countries, that’s why they are coming to War Thunder! The UH-1 Iroquois and Mi-4are coming to War Thunder in update 1.81!
The UH-1 Iroquois,or more commonly known as the Huey, is the well-known American helicopter developed in the late 1950s in response to the U.S. Army’s demand for better utility helicopters. The UH-1C will be one of the variants of the legendary Huey, making it to War Thunder with the upcoming update 1.81!
Development of the UH-1 began in 1952, after the U.S. Army came up with requirements for new utility helicopters, with an emphasis on the ability to perform medical evacuation. After successfully passing army testing, Bell’s Model 204 was ordered into production under the official designation HU-1 Iroquois (although the derived popular nickname “Huey” would soon overshadow it in use). Soon after the deployment of the UH-1B, Bell continued work on improving the Huey in all aspects, which resulted in the creation of the next variant - the UH-1C. This version featured an even more powerful engine, along with various other improvements that increased speed and maneuverability, which made this version the most suitable for performing the gunship role. The Huey undoubtedly owes its iconic status primarily to its extensive and varied use throughout the Vietnam War, where it saw most of its active service with U.S. armed forces.
The Mi-4 is one of the first mass-produced multipurpose Soviet helicopters entering both military and civilian service in the early 1950s. In War Thunder, the Mi-4 will be among the first Soviet helicopters available to players with the upcoming update 1.81!
The Mi-4 was used for different purposes by both military and civilian operators alike, quickly gaining a favorable reputation for its impressive lifting loads as well as reliability. During its production time (1952 - 1979), over 3,000 Mi-4s were manufactured, including around 500 Chinese licence-built Harbin Z-5s. Even after production had ceased, the reputable Mi-4 continued being used by operators worldwide, eventually surpassing 50 years of service. Despite the extensive service record however, the Mi-4 never saw any combat actions despite serving through one of the most uncertain times of the Cold War.
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