Russian Mi-24 Helicopter Pilots in Syria Wow Western Analysts

Mi-24 helicopter gunships of Berkuty (Golden Eagles) Russian aerobatic team perform during the Flying Legend.

With Russian airstrikes devastating the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group in Syria, Moscow’s Mi-24 attack helicopters have given the Kremlin a significant advantage. So effective, they’re even impressing Western skeptics.

Also known as Hind helicopters, the Mi-24 is capable of traveling up to 186 miles per hour at incredibly low altitudes. Skimming the treetops, the gunships come equipped with 30mm guns and rocket launchers, and can transport troops.

It’s an impressive piece of hardware with no real equal in the world.

Still, a good helicopter is nothing without a good crew, and after observing the effects of Mi-24 strikes in Syria, US military analysts have been thoroughly impressed by both.

“When you see higher quality airmanship and precision fires coming from helicopters, that’s 100 percent Russian pilots,” Christopher Harmer, a US Navy veteran who now works for the Institute for the Study of War, told Foreign Policy.

He added that the skill displayed showed a “top shelf, highly trained, very courageous, and highly aggressive Russian helicopter crew.”

Part of that awe stems from the fact that the Mi-24 essentially does the job of two US helicopters. The Russian gunship combines the best qualities of the American Apache attack helicopter with the Huey transport helicopter.

The Pentagon lacks any kind of comparable aircraft.

Harmer said that such a combination of capabilities lets Russian crews focus on “directing airstrikes, calling in helicopter gunship support, and directing long-range air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missile fire.”

The Mi-24 is also unlike anything in the Syrian arsenal, and Harmer suggests that the skill of Russian crews is “a qualitative technical advantage that the Syrian military just doesn’t have; it’s going to significantly reduce Assad’s casualties.”

On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that 41 additional sorties had been carried out, destroying 40 IS facilities.

“Su-24M bombers carried out precision strikes near the city of Aleppo against facilities used by militants to assemble explosion devices and install them on suicide bombers’ automobiles,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters.

“Near the settlement of Hraytan, a Su-25M [Frogfoot] attack fighter carried out a strike against an IS terrorist arms depot and fuel storage unit,” he added. “The facilities were completely destroyed using precision air strikes.”

At the request of the legitimate government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian airstrikes have been successfully combating IS since September 30.

Russian Air Force begins drills near St. Petersburg

Mi-24 helicopter

Mi-24 helicopter

MOSCOW, August 6 /TASS/. The crews of Mi-24, Mi-35 and Mi-8MTB5 helicopters began military exercises in the Leningrad Region on Thursday, Colonel Oleg Kochetkov, the press service chief of the Western Military District, told journalists.

Over 20 helicopters and about 500 servicemen will be involved in the maneuvers that will take place on two grounds until the end of the week. They will carry out a landing operation to destroy the enemy’s rear facilities.

Nigeria gets Mi-24 helicopters from Ukraine

06.01.2015 bmpd.livejournal.com

Nigeria Air Force received two combat helicopters Mi-24, passed by the  modernization  type Super Hind Mk III on SE “Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant” Aviacon “(Ukraine). January 2015

Following the receipt from the Ukraine in 2014, T-72AV and BTR-4E, Nigeria , apparently,  receives  the former Ukrainian combat helicopters Mi-24. Despite the rather poor results  for army aviation of Ukraine results of participation in hostilities in the Donbass, which led to significant losses, the helicopter  continues to leave the Ukraine for export. 

Nigerian web resource beegeagle.wordpress.com 2 January 2015 published a picture of the two combat helicopters Mi-24 received by  Nigeria Air Force,  the helicopters  passed modernization by the version of Super Hind Mk III  according to project of the South African company Advanced Technologies and Engineering.

And below the foto of  Two combat helicopters Mi-24, held alteration, presumably for Nigeria, according to an version Super Hind Mk III on SE “Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant” Aviacon “(Ukraine). Ukrainian TV reportage shots. Konotop, 10/16/2014
Source: komariv.livejournal.com

Along with the delivery of two upgraded helicopters Super Hind, Ukraine, apparently sent to this country also  the not upgraded attack helicopters Mi-24 series   from  Availability. In mid-December 2014 a number of web resources appeared the  foto   of Ukrainian spotter Vassily  Koba “in the district of Kiev”. The  Photo of Mi-24B which has marking of  Air Force of Nigeria and the Nigerian military side number NAF-261 (still not “shown” in  Air Force of Nigeria). The helicopter has  “desert” camouflage similar to both the Nigerian Super Hind. This  helicopter, apparently, was also pre-sale repaired on factory “Aviacon” in Konotop. Foto is below

Night Hunters and Alligators: Russian military helicopters

Mi-24 attack helicopter is a low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. Photo: Mi-24 helicopter of the Berkuts aerobatic display team
Mi-24 attack helicopter is a low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. Photo: Mi-24 helicopter of the Berkuts aerobatic display team
© ITAR-TASS/Rostislav Koshelev
Mi-24 is produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and used since 1972 in more than 60 countries. Soviet pilots called Mi-24 the "flying tank"
Mi-24 is produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and used since 1972 in more than 60 countries. Soviet pilots called Mi-24 the “flying tank”
© ITAR-TASS/Rostislav Koshelev
Mi-24 can be tasked with close air support, anti-tank operations or aerial combat. Photo: Mi-24 helicopters fire missiles during a large-scale military drill by the Russian Air Force and Air Defense
Mi-24 can be tasked with close air support, anti-tank operations or aerial combat. Photo: Mi-24 helicopters fire missiles during a large-scale military drill by the Russian Air Force and Air Defense
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Bobylev
Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter is used for civilian and military operators. Photo: Mi-26 and Mi-8 helicopters
Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter is used for civilian and military operators. Photo: Mi-26 and Mi-8 helicopters
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Mi-26 is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into production
Mi-26 is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into production
© ITAR-TASS/Donat Sorokin
Mi-26 produced by Rostvertol company, can carry up to 20 metric tons or 82 fully-equipped paratroopers. Photo: Mi-26T heavy transport helicopter
Mi-26 produced by Rostvertol company, can carry up to 20 metric tons or 82 fully-equipped paratroopers. Photo: Mi-26T heavy transport helicopter
© ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin

Mi-28 is a Russian all-weather anti-armor attack helicopter. It was unveiled in 1995

Mi-28 is a Russian all-weather anti-armor attack helicopter. It was unveiled in 1995
© ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin

Mi-28 called Night Hunter has a fully armoured cabin and a single gun

Mi-28 called Night Hunter has a fully armoured cabin and a single gun
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Mi-8 is a Soviet-designed medium twin-turbine transport helicopter. It is among the world's most-produced helicopters
Mi-8 is a Soviet-designed medium twin-turbine transport helicopter. It is among the world’s most-produced helicopters
© ITAR-TASS/Alexei Filippov

Mi-8 helicopter is used by over 50 countries

Mi-8 helicopter is used by over 50 countries
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk
Multipurpose Mi-35M attack helicopter is a comprehensive modernisation of the Mi-24V helicopter, produced by Rostvertol.  In addition to its attack capabilities, the Mi-35M can also be used in transporting up to 8 paratroopers or cargo weighing up to 1500 kg
Multipurpose Mi-35M attack helicopter is a comprehensive modernisation of the Mi-24V helicopter, produced by Rostvertol. In addition to its attack capabilities, the Mi-35M can also be used in transporting up to 8 paratroopers or cargo weighing up to 1500 kg
© ITAR-TASS/Tina Shaposhnikova
Ka-52 Alligator military helicopter is designed to destroy tanks, armoured and non-armoured ground targets, enemy troops and other helicopters
Ka-52 Alligator military helicopter is designed to destroy tanks, armoured and non-armoured ground targets, enemy troops and other helicopters
© ITAR-TASS/Yury Smityuk
Alligator’s two VK-2500 turboshaft engines allow the helicopter to operate at altitudes above 5000m
Alligator’s two VK-2500 turboshaft engines allow the helicopter to operate at altitudes above 5000m
© TASS/Yuri Smityuk
Ka-52 has a two-seat cockpit and can be flown by either pilot. The helicopter is able to operate in cold climates and icy conditions
Ka-52 has a two-seat cockpit and can be flown by either pilot. The helicopter is able to operate in cold climates and icy conditions
© ITAR-TASS/Yury Smityuk
Shipborne anti-submarine helicopter Ka-27 is designed for navy anti-submarine missions. It is capable of detecting modern submarines and decking on aircraft carriers
Shipborne anti-submarine helicopter Ka-27 is designed for navy anti-submarine missions. It is capable of detecting modern submarines and decking on aircraft carriers
© ITAR-TASS/Semyon Maisterman

Photo: Aviadarts 2014 military exercise by the Russian Air Force

Photo: Aviadarts 2014 military exercise by the Russian Air Force
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Pantsikov

Karabakh Military Helicopter Shot Down by Azerbaijan Forces

An attack helicopter belonging to the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) has been shot down by Azerbaijani military in the vicinity of the line of demarcation between the two areas.

An attack helicopter belonging to the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) has been shot down by Azerbaijani military in the vicinity of the line of demarcation between the two areas.

MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) — The press service of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense stated that it was “a Mi-24 helicopter belonging to the Republic of Armenia’s armed forces,” and that it “made an attempt to attack Azerbaijani positions.” According to a statement issued by the ministry, the helicopter was shot down in the vicinity of the village of Chemengly in the Agdam district of Azerbaijan, and crashed in territory controlled by Azerbaijani forces. Azerbaijani forces were deployed to secure the crash site.

Lt. Col. Senor Asratyan, press secretary of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), told RIA Novosti that it was an NKR military helicopter that was conducting a training flight. “At about 13.45 local time Wednesday, in an act that violated a standing ceasefire, a NKR Air Forces Mi-24 that was conducting a training flight was shot down by the Azerbaijani side in the airspace over the eastern direction of the Karabakh-Azerbaijani contact line,” Asratyan said.

According to Asratyan, the crash site is located close to the demarcation line, and Azerbaijani troops are continuing to subject the area to “intensive small arms fire.”

The Karabakh conflict started in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, populated mostly by ethnic Armenians, declared its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. In September 1991, the creation of the NKR was proclaimed in the city of Stepanakert. The government of Azerbaijan declared this move illegal and abolished the autonomous status of Nagorno-Karabakh. The armed conflict that followed was stopped by a ceasefire agreement on May 12, 1994. As a result, Azerbaijan lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and – either fully or partially – of the seven districts adjacent to it.

Negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by the US, Russia and France, are being conducted to achieve a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity and NKR’s interests are being represented by Armenia, as the self-proclaimed republic is not recognized as a state.

Military exercises began in SMD

29.07.2014 , Siberian Insider

Photo from www.globalmilitaryreview.blogspot.com

Planned military exercises are being held in Stavropol and Rostov Region. They will last for 3 days. Teachings of this scale are held twice a year. The South Military District exercise in tactical flight involves 30 helicopters, 300 pilots and ground support services specialists. The crews will provide fire support for the advancing tank and infantry units and destroy the conditional enemy’s paratroopers.
At the “Arzgir” range from helicopters there will be held shootings from 23-mm cannons and 12.7-mm machine guns, unguided missiles launches. Pilots will practice the elements of piloting the Mi-24, Mi-8AMTSh, Ka-52, Mi-35, Mi-28N helicopters.

In 2013 the Russian Air Force Received More Than 30 New Helicopters

In 2013 the Russian Air Force Received More Than 30 New Helicopters

Russian Military Technologies, 28.10.2013

This year the Army Air Force units in Russia received more than 30 new combat, transport and training helicopters, supplies of a few dozen of these machines are also expected before the end of the year, Air Force spokesman Col. Igor Klimov has told Itar-Tass on the edge of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the army aviation of the Air Force.
“Currently ones of the best in the world helicopters are in service with the Army Air Forces, among them are: Mi- 24, Mi -35, Mi -26, Mi- 28N “Night Hunter”, Mi- 8 and its modern modifications, Ka- 50 “Black shark” and Ka- 52 ” Alligator”, “ANSAT-U”. We also continue intensive repair of helicopter fleet due to which this year the Air Force units received more than 70 rotary-wing aircraft,” he said.
“With the active provision of combat training for all species and genera of the Armed Forces flight experience intensity in the current year increased by 15 percent compared to figures of 2012,” the representative of the Air Force said.