Even if it’s not clear whether the targeted Mi-8/17 Hip chopper was able to survive the hit (in the last year some Syrian helicopters have proved their ability to withstand ground fire by Surface to Air Missiles), the following video shows how lethal some shoulder mounted surface to air missile systems can be.
While the chopper flies at medium altitude, the rebel can target it with an SA-16 and wait the right moment to fire.
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I’d say its IR flares saved the chopper!
Interesting. Looks a lot like these SA-24
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