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“Against Ukraine's special forces, terrorists used heavy artillery, including grenade launchers and portable anti-aircraft missile launchers. One pilot is dead and there are wounded," Avakov wrote in his Facebook message. Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the self-declared mayor of Slovyansk, was quoted by Interfax as saying two helicopters had been shot down, and one pilot had been detained.
originally posted by: DodgyDawg
Allow somebody like Zaph to correct me if i'm wrong, but I thought that the Ka-52 was meant to be the absolute best in terms of Russian military helicopters, it was even targeted at the risky low suitability heavy scout/attack role and supposedly had the armament, threat detection and protection etc to do so.
I'm really quite surprised that a very advanced modern attack helicopter like this was shot down by supposedly lightly armed rebels or "terrorists" even if there were threats in the area the Ka-52 can shift itself around faster than an Apache can deploying flares and other countermeasures to evade. I'm quite uncertain how this occurred unless the pilots were completely inexperienced yet the guy seemed like an older pilot who had been in the air force for some time.
Kind of pointing to the rebelshaving advanced anti aircraft weapons here or the Ukrainians having poor tactics and underestimating threats.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Whereismypassword
That would do it, but one of the big things about the Alligator was its survivability. They took the lessons from Afghanistan and put it into them to make them able to withstand more.