Category Archives: Helicopters

9-min colored footage shows Iraqi Mi-35 Gunship Helicopter attacking ISIS positions in Mosul

If you want to see Iraqi Mi-35 Gunship Helicopters at work against ISIL positions in Mosul, all you need to do is watching this video.

The following footage, reportedly filmed from the FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) camera of an Mi-171E helicopter, shows an Iraqi Army Mi-35M gunship involved in antiterrorist operations against ISIS (Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Mosul on Jun. 14.

Based on the images published on Iraqi Armed Forces forum, the Mi-35M carried two S-8 rocket launchers and eight 9M120 (Shtrum-M) Ataka-V ATGMs (Air To Ground Missiles).

H/T to Matt Fanning for the video and to ACIG.org forum for providing relevant details.

 

[Video] Royal Jordanian Air Force AH-1F Cobra Helicopters

An interesting video filmed during recent military exercise shows the old AH-1F Cobra Helicopters at work in Jordan.

AH-1F Cobra are quite obsolete machines that have little in common with the more recent AH-1W SuperCobra and AH-1Z Viper of the U.S. Marine Corps.

That’s why the examples still flying with the Royal Jordanian Air Force are interesting.

The following video was filmed during Exercise Eager Tiger 2014, which brought together U.S. and Jordanian aircraft including U.S. and Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16s and U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s.

The drills included also Special operations featuring Royal Jordanian Armed Forces AS332 Super Puma and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters escorted by AH-1 Cobra attack choppers.

H/T to Sobchak Security

 

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These videos show the alleged attack of Ukrainian Gunship Helicopters against their own troops

16 Ukraine soldiers were killed in deadly checkpoint attack. Ukrainian Air Force helicopters strafed their own troops? Most probably, no.

A Ukrainian checkpoint at Blagodatnoe village, near the town of Volnovakha, was assaulted on May 22. 16 soldiers were killed and about 30 wounded.

According to RT, the attackers arrived in transit vans, with combat helicopters providing cover for them.

The attackers began shooting at the soldiers at the checkpoint and one of the shells hit an ammunition depot, causing a huge explosion.

Some eyewitnesses captured the events unfold on video. One of these videos shows Mil Mi-24 Hind gunships flying at very low altitude above the area, deploying flares.

Here’s an another video which shows the same scene from the ground. This video is even more interesting as it shows the attack from the soldiers point of view. The footage clearly shows the helicopters flying at ultra-low altitude in the aftermath of the massive explosion.

According to some sources, the helicopters that can be seen in the video strafed the Ukrainian soldiers at the checkpoint in a blue-on-blue episode.

However, both videos may show a different story.

They arrived over the checkpoint after the first explosion. Then they circled in the vicinity deploying flares, most probably because they were concerned by MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems).

There is no evidence any of the helicopters really fired and the gun fire that can be heard in the footage may come from the ground.

Obviously, the entire scene must have been confusing from the air and on the ground, hence the reports of friendly fire or mutiny.

H/T to Steppen Wolf for sending the links and providing additional information.

 

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In Car Dash camera captures Taiwanese AH-64E crash into residential building

In-car camera captured the last moments of an AH-64E Apache helicopter which crashed into a residential builiding in Taoyuan County, Taiwan.

On Apr. 25, at 10.05LT, a Republic of China Army Aviation AH-64E belonging to the 601st Air Cavalry Brigade crashed into a residential building in Taoyuan county, in southeast Taiwan.

The combat chopper, coded 808, was flown by Major Chen Long Qian (1247 flying hours) with co-pilot Lt. Col. Liu Ming Hui (1034 flying hours). Both pilots escaped the incident with minor injuries.

The video briefly shows the helicopter flying in poor visibility, in an unusual attitude (maybe it hit something?), moments before the crash landing the building.

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[Photo] 24 U.S. Apache attack helicopters perform mass landing in South Korea

A horde of AH-64 Apache: that’s a show of force!

The image in this post shows 24 AH-64D Longbow Apache attack helicopters with the 4th Aerial Reconnaissance Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade conduct a mass landing at Camp Humphreys, South Korea on Apr. 18.

The photo is quite rare as the U.S. Army unit does not usually fly all of its 24 choppers in one mission.

Based on their own description on FB, the battalion, also known as the “Death Dealers,” conduct scenario based training at a moment’s notice keeping the battalion ready to “Fight Tonight.”

Image credit: U.S. Army/2nd Combat Aviation Brigade

 

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