Category Archives: Helicopters

Iraqi Army receives Mil Mi-28NE gunship helicopters it will use against ISIS militants

The Iraqi Army Aviation has been delivered Mil Mi-28NE gunships.

According to a statement by the Iraqi MoD, Baghdad has received an unspecified number of Russian Mil Mi-28NE Night Hunters.

A video uploaded on Youtube shows some of the new desert camouflage-painted attack choppers, in a hangar; even if the video says those are the first examples of the all-weather, day-night, two-seat anti-armor attack helicopters delivered to Iraq, according to some sources they are actually the helicopters of the latest batch.

In fact, as reported in February, at least 23 helicopters have been already delivered to the Iraqis: the first batch of 10 in September 2013 and the second of 13 examples, in January 2014.

Iraq expects to give its Special Forces the support of around 40 Mi-35 (export version of the Mi-24) and Mi-28NE attack helicopters to back operations against ISIS. Along with the Russian helicopters, Baghdad will get some American F-16 Block 52 jets.

 

GoPro video of Hughes NH-500 Helicopter During Firefighting Activity

An interesting video filmed with GoPro cameras aboard a Hughes 500 helicopter of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato (CFS, Italian for Forestry Service).

Among the Italian Armed Corps, the Corpo Forestale dello Stato (CFS, Italian for Forestry Service) acts as a police and ranger force, responsible for protecting Italy’s natural and environmental resources and eco-systems. Its duties include the prevention of environmental violations and wildfires, safeguarding animal species, ensuring antipoaching and habitat protection, and providing SAR in mountainous areas.

The CFS has a fleet of helicopters which includes NH-500Ds, AB-412s, Erickson S-64Fs and AW-109Ns used for fire-fighting, early spotting of wildfires, and coordination of other aircraft or with ground-based firefighters.

The Service also owns a P.180 fitted with a forward looking infra-red (FLIR)/TV camera system for ground surveillance in anti-pollution monitoring and geological/wildlife control, which can easily be configured as an air ambulance by means of a medical kit, and can ferry specialized teams or VIPs to various helicopter stations.

In summer, the aircraft are strategically deployed in areas where wildfire risk is higher.

The following video, filmed with GoPros, shows the firefighting activity conducted by CFS Hughes 500 with Bambi Bucket.

H/T Federico Dintignana for the heads-up

 

What’s this helicopter hidden below a protective covering spotted near Sikorsky plant?

What’s the type of helicopter hidden below a protective cover?

A reader sent us this photo he took from his car of a helicopter being moved on trailer not far from Sikorsky plant in Stratford.

Here’s what the reader wrote to describe the scene he witnessed on Jul. 30:

“[...]. The reason I took a picture of this is that I’ve seen them put UH-60′s without covers on trailers, and this time, there was a convoy of probably 4 hummers and 2 deuce & a half’s I saw in the vicinity, as well. It was unusual – especially at 1545 on a Wednesday.”

Even though the chopper is hidden below a protective covering, its shape can be guessed: based on the position of the tail boom in relation to the cabin and the tail boom angling we can say it has something in common with the U.S. UH-60 Black Hawk.

Someone may believe the aircraft is the Stealth Black Hawk helicopter used by the Navy SEALs in the Osama Bin Laden raid. However it’s almost impossible to believe they would move the radar-evading U.S. black MH-X chopper exposed by Operation Neptune’s Spear in daylight and by trailer.Our reader seems to agree:

“I’ve seen and experienced how they transport aircraft/inventory that is most likely categorized at the SCI level – They get about 20 DoD Dodge Chargers with take downs and spot lights on everywhere, they shut down every on/off ramp for about 5 miles in front and behind the cargo, and set up a “dome of light” so it’s difficult to see the angles of the “cargo”.”

So, is it a UH-60?

Most probably, yes. Still, we can’t exclude is a mock-up, a movie prop or something else.

 

[Photo] KFOR Multinational Multi-Helicopter formation over Kosovo

Eight combat helicopters belonging to four different air arms have taken part in a multinational mission over Kosovo. And here are some interesting shots.

The pictures in this article were taken on Jul. 12, by Cpt. Rory J. McCarthy, a UH-60 pilot who flew aboard an Mi-171 during a multinational multi-helicopter mission which included two Croatian Mi 171sh, one Swiss AS-532 Cougar, one Slovenian AS-532 Cougar, and four U.S. UH-60/A Blackhawk choppers.

The mission was flown to prepare the aircrews to operate with troops on board, to fulfill a tactical exercise requirement KFOR, the NATO-led international peacekeeping force, has in Kosovo.

KFOR Multi-ship UH-60

As a part of the NATO Multinational Task Force, KFOR helicopter detachments support a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement Kosovo wide. On order, Croatian, Slovenian, Swiss and U.S. helicopters work together to move 90 Crowd Riot Control (CRC) equipped troops Kosovo wide on short notice.

In addition to troop transport, select helicopters are equipped for MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation), fire fighting, airborne and SPIES (Special Patrol Infiltration and Exfiltration System) operations.

KFOR Multi-ship takeoff

Image credit: Cpt. Rory J. McCarthy

 

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.