Syrian Air Force has “upgraded” its gunships: Mi-25 can drop double barrel bomb attack

Assad’s choppers now capable to perform dual barrel bomb attacks.

Footage released lately by SMART Syria news agency shows a Mil Mi-25 (the export version of the Soviet Mil Mi-24 Hind) dropping two improvised barrel bombs, on Free Syrian Army positions.

Since they were used for the first time in combat, single 1,500 – 2,000 lb bombs made of barrels filled with explosives, shrapnel or oil were dropped by the cargo door of the Mi-8/17 Hip helicopter or the wing pylons of the Mi-25 gunships one at a time.

Now it seems the Syrian Hinds have got the capability to drop two at a time, with doubled devastating effects: according to some sources, barrel bombs have caused some 20,000 casualties since the beginning of the uprising in 2011.


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    • That figure comes from the SNC, so there might be some bias. Doesn’t make this war prettier though.

      • ” so there might be some bias.” Come on! Of course it is biased… why the limp guessing? and the SNC are gang of terrorist scum so you can be sure it is very biased.

  1. It’s a national army fighting terrorists with all she afford, terrorists supported by saudis and qataris by rising fighters, funds and weapons,and logistic bases in jordany and turkyie

  2. casualty means killed or injured so including injuries the figure seams at least plausible. Remember they are blind dropping these from medium alt in high density civilian areas of cities.
    plural noun: casualties
    a person killed or injured in a war or accident.
    “the shelling caused thousands of civilian casualties”

    • True… but I think the locals would know they are next door to rebels shooting at and being shot by the SAA.. and would move away before any airstrike.

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