Polish Hind and Hip helicopter operations over Afghanistan in a Black Hawk Down style video!
Things that are worth highlighting:
First of all, the helicopters, due to the high altitudes VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) capabilities; they rather used runways and wings in order to produce the lift needed for take-off.very rarely used the
Secondly one can notice use of flares as the insurgents were believed to be in possesion of Stinger AAMs
The Mi-8 has additional armor plates mounted that act to provide safety for the pilots and protect them from small arms fire. Hinds were used for SAR escort purpose.
Noteworthy, a Mi-24 can bee seen together with a SAR UH-60.
The flights were usually carried aut at low altitudes above the ground, as that would have a psychological effect on the enemy. Adding to that, the choppers were exactly the same models that Soviet Russians used during their operations in Afghanistan.
Jacek Siminski for TheAviationist