Video shows Armenian Mi-24 gunship helicopter hit and shot down with MANPADS by Azeri forces

A video seems to show the downing of an Mi-24 Hind helicopter belonging to the Armed Forces of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.

On Nov. 12, at around 1.45PM LT, a Mil Mi-24 belonging to Armed Forces of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was shot down as it flew about 1,7 Km northeast of the village of Kengerli in the Agdam district of Azerbaijan by the Azeri army.

According to Armenian media outlets, the helicopters were involved in a training mission close to the border and the shooting down is the result of ceasefire violation by the Azerbaijani side.

Azeri Ministry of Defense stated that the Mi-24 was shot down while performing an attack run on Azeri troops.

Footage shows what seems to be a MANPADS hit one of the two low-flying Mi-24 Hind helicopters.

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H/T Matt Fanning for sending us the link to the video and to Arda Mevlutoglu for providing additional information


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  1. That was a pretty low elevation shot, must have been a more advanced MANPAD like a SA-18 or higher. The helicopter didn’t appear to have any anti-missile defensive systems like on US helicopters (no flare releases).

  2. Hi.
    There is no country such “Nagorno Karabakh Republic”. That territories still belongs to Azerbaijan.
    In 1990s Armenians occupied Azerbaijan’s 20% territory and cleared Azeri people from that territory, “created” fake monoethnic “Nagorno Karabakh Republic” in that territorires. None of UN country recognised Nagorno Karabakh Republic. So please, respect the all nations including Azerbaijan and Azeri nation, change the armed forces of “nagorno karabakh” to Armed Forces of Armenia.
    Thanks :)

  3. Thank you for a such en-lighted viewpoint. Its tricky keeping up with all who the “west” is supporting or against in current times. And by west i dont mean popular support i mean people with the strings who operate the various governments.

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