Here’s how the Turkish F-16 shot down a Syrian Mil Mi-17 Hip helicopter today
More details about the downing of a Syrian helicopter are emerging.
Turkish General Staff released a statement and published the radar track history regarding the incident.
Here’s how the incident unfold:
1. The Syrian Mi-17 Hip was first detected as possible intruder and immediately tracked by the Diyarbakir CAOC (Combined Air Operations Center) at 13:41 LT, while it was 26 NM (nautical miles) from the border.
2. CAOC repeatedly issued warnings to the helicopters until it was 5 NM from the border
3. The helicopter intruded Turkish airspace at 14:25 near Guvecci Gendarmerie Post at Yayladag, Hatay province at 14,200 ft and 2km depth.
4. Two F-16Cs that were on CAP (Combat Air Patrol) nearby were diverted to intercept the helicopter
5. The helicopter was shot down at 14:27 and crashed at 1km within the Syrian side of the border.
Here below you can see a video showing the Syrian helicopter falling to the ground after being hit.
And in the following video you can see the wreckage of the downed Hip.
H/T to Arda Mevlutoglu for translating the additional details about the interception