First footage of Russian Air Force Ka-52s in combat in Syria emerges

The Russian “Hokum-B” helicopters provide close support to the Syrian Army.

Although some of Russia’s combat planes have left Syria to return home, part of the tactical aviation has been replaced with newly arrived Ka-52 and Mi-28N helicopters.

The role of these combat choppers is to provide close air support to Syrian forces, to protect the Russian Task Force deployed to Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, as well as to conduct CSAR (Combat Search And Rescue) missions as the one launched to rescue the two pilots who ejected from the Su-24 Fencer shot down by a Turkish Air Force F-16 in November 2015 (during which, a Mi-8AMTSh Hip helicopter was hit by ground fire and later destroyed).

The first video showing Ka-52s at work at Syria has emerged on Apr. 3.

It allegedly shows the Russian combat helicopters supporting the Syrian forces in the outskirts of Homs.

H/T Babak Taghvaee for finding the video


About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. Russia is making the show for its last platforms just like europeans in Lybia, when Rafale and Eurofighters were send to get the mention combat proven. One thing is sure, Russian intervention made more effects in 6months than a fictionnal alliance of 60 countries who wants syrian regime down even in price of chaos. It makes sense; the ceasefire allow Syrian army to exterminate DAESH what she couldn’t do before because she has threats more immediats and more threatning in the outdoors of It’s more importants cyties. When Raqqa will be liberated and frontiers with Iraq and Turky secured, Syrian Army will restart to play with the others proteges of Turky/Qatar/Saudi/USA if they don’t agreer to stop the war for good .

  2. Finally, the best of Russian combat helicopters steps into the fray. The Ka-52’s and Mi-28’s are now assisting Syrian security forces weed out Erdogan’s DAESH on the ground. Erdogan’s Ottoman wet-dream is coming to an abrupt end, forces of order shall prevail over the forces of chaos.

  3. It’s Homs as in governorate/province, not city, so “outskirts” has no
    meaning in that context. The images are from the siege of Al-Qaryatayn,
    which has already been liberated, after Palmyra. Deir ez-Zor will be
    In the mean time, the “moderate” terrorists have shot down an Su22 near Tel Eis (Aleppo gov.), and murdered the pilot in good tradition.

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