Cool Shot of a Mil Mi-17 Hip helicopter firing 57 mm rockets

57mm rockets fired by an Azerbaijani Air Force Hip gunship.

The Azerbaijani Air Force is believed to operate a fleet of 35-40 Mil Mi-17 utility helicopters.

The Hip choppers can also operate in the gunship role carrying 57mm rocket launchers: the photo in this post shows a Mi-17 firing S5 rockets from medium altitude during a live firing exercise.

Image credit: Azerbaijan Air Force

 

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