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Seeing the great visual and operational similarities between the Russian Mi-24 helicopter gunship and the Republic Gunship seen in Star Wars, is there any actual design relation between the two?

Credible sources please.

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    Ehhhh, the similarity looks superficial. – cde Nov 7 '16 at 23:40
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According to this Wookieepedia article about the LAAT (Low Altitude Assault Transport, a.k.a the Republic Gunship), the answer is yes.

"The Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry (LAAT/i), often referred to as the Republic attack gunship or Republic Gunship, was a specialized gunship designed for aerial-based support and infantry transportation."

"The LAAT was inspired by real-world helicopter gunships, notably the Soviet (now Russian) Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunship."

Quote from the "Behind the Scenes" section of this other Wookieepedia article:

"The design for the LAAT is largely based on that of the Soviet/Russian Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunship. The real-world gunship also fulfills the dual role of ground attack and troop transport."

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    Un sourced quote is pure speculation. (Citation required) – cde Nov 11 '16 at 5:05

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