by Thomas Girke
NATO Reporting Names
NATO Reporting Names are code names for Soviet/Russian military equipment.
They provide unambiguous and easily understood English language words in a uniform manner in place of the original designations -
which may have been unknown (to the West) at the time.
NATO maintains lists of these names. The assignment of the names for the Soviet/Russian military equipment was once managed by the five-nation Air Standardization Coordinating Committee (ASCC) (now called the Air and Space Interoperability Council, or ASIC) which includes representatives of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The code naming system was originally used for Soviet/Russian types only, but was later also used for Chinese aircraft and missiles.
Early knowledge of true designations may lead to an end to new allocations.
List of NATO Reporting Names
|Surface-to-Air Missiles, including ship-and submarine launched missiles
|Surface-to-Surface Missiles, including ship-and submarine launched missiles and anti-tank missiles
|Commercial Aircraft and Cargo Aircraft
|Fighter Aircraft and Ground Attack Aircraft
|Miscellaneous Aircraft (all aircraft not included in other categories)
For fixed-wing aircraft, one syllable names were used for propeller-powered craft (turboprops included),
while two-syllable names indicated jet engines.
Variants of aircraft are designated by suffix letters, for example "Hip-A". Characters "I" and "O" are not used. Small updates are designated "Mod.", for example "Hind-E Mod.". Subtypes of a variant are sometimes designated by adding numerical suffixes, like in "Hind-G1" and "Hind-G2".
Allocated in order of being noticed by Western intelligence agencies, leading to anomalies, eg. V-24 prototypes "Hind-B" while first production aircraft (seen first) "Hind-A".
List of NATO Reporting Names for helicopters
|Mil Mi-1, PZL SM-1
|Kamov Ka-27, Ka-28, Ka-29, Ka-32
|Kamov Ka-27PL, Ka-28
|Mil Mi-24, Mi-25, Mi-35
Mil V-24 prototype
Mil Mi-24D, Mi-24DU, Mi-25
Mil Mi-24V, Mi-35
Mil Mi-24P, Mi-35P
|Mil Mi-8, Mi-9, Mi-17
|Mil V-8 prototype with 1x AI-24V engine
Mil V-8A prototype with 2x TV2-117 engines
Mil Mi-8T, Mi-8P, Mi-8S
Mil Mi-8MT, Mi-8MTV, Mi-17
Mil Mi-8PP, Mi-8PPA
|Kamov Ka-50, Ka-52
|Kamov Ka-26, Ka-126, Ka-226
|Mil Mi-6, Mi-22
|Mil Mi-6, Mi-6A
Mil Mi-6AYa (Mi-22)
|Mil V-2, PZL Mi-2
|Mil Mi-4, Mi-4A, Mi-4P, Mi-4S
Mil Mi-4M, Mi-4ME