Hip helicopter videos from Syria (including footage of a Mil Mi-17 shot down by rebels)

Jul 08 2012 - Leave a Comment

The following videos show the Syrian Mil Mi-8/17 Hip helicopters at work.

The first, brought to my attention by Bjørn Holst Jespersen, is interesting as it provides a close-up view on a Syrian Mil Mi-8 gunship, loaded with rocket launchers, as it lands at an unknown location guarded by Assad soldiers.

The second one, recommended by Matt Fanning, shows the wreckage of a Mil Mi-17 allegedly shot down by the rebels.

Syrian helicopters flying near the border with Turkey prompted the scramble of six Turkish Air Force F-16 few days ago, in the aftermath of the disputed downing of a Turkish RF-4E Phantom.