A clip posted on Youtube shows the downing a Turkish AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter with a MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System).
A video posted online appears to show a Turkish AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter shot down by a Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) militant with an SA-18 MANPADS on May 13.
The clip was posted on Saturday by Gerilla TV, which is associated with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).
Starting at around 4:46 minutes into the footage, you can see a PKK fighter targeting the attack helicopter with a Russian/Soviet 9k38 Igla man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile.
The missile hits the chopper that starts to spin and breaks up mid-air before crashing behind a distant hill.
The Turkish Super Cobra was in the area to support Turkish soldiers engaged in clashes with the PKK.
A voice can be heard yelling “Cobra down! Well done!”
According to Rudaw, this is probably the first time the PKK have successfully used a MANPADS.
H/T to Gordon Bradbury for the heads-up