Watch A Russian Ka-52 Gunship Helicopter Accidentally Fire Rockets At Spectators During Exercise

Close call: This Is What It Looks Like When An Attack Helicopter Fires At You.

The following video is pretty scary: it shows a Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter accidentally firing rockets towards parked cars and bystanders.

The Kamov Ka-52 Alligator is an all-weather attack helicopter featuring the distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau. The footage shows two such gunship helicopters approaching what is probably a range, where a group of several cars is parked. Then, suddenly, one of the helicopters fires a rocket at a nearby object almost hitting the cameraman.

According to some sources, the clip, that leaked online on Sept. 19, was allegedly filmed during the ongoing Zapad 2017 drills; however the Russian military denied the claims that spread through the social media and, while not saying when and where it happened, it said the incident happened during another exercise.

“All the reports on social media about a barrage of rockets hitting a crowd of journalist and a large number of casualties are either a deliberate provocation or someone’s personal stupidity,” an official statement reported by RT said.

A public intelligence source cites one of the missiles on the KA-52 as being the Vikhr anti-armor missile and reports that the missiles are, “Virtually jam-proof and the system features automatic guidance to target.” The Kamov KA-52 also carries unguided High Velocity Aircraft Rockets (HVAR’s) of both the S-13 122mm rocket and the smaller S-8 80mm rocket both launched from multiple-round rocket pods. It is not known which munition was discharged in this incident.

The Vikhr anti-armor missile. (Credit:

H/T Dawid Szczesniak for the heads-up


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  1. There was the case of an Air National Guard F-16 that managed to strafe an elementary school. Accidents happen. It is foolish to think any organization is immune to such incidents.

  2. The personnel loses on the Soviets was mostly due to incompetence and stupid laws. Russia, sorry, Soviets, even needed equipment fromAmerica to fight the Germans.

    The Eastern Front also received even less of the German wonder weapons, or none at all. The non-fascist fighting side had to endure all of it. But that war was only won because America joined in. I doubt the Russians could even have survived it long if the entire German army was focused on the russians.

    • U.S. decided by itself to provide military aid rather than fight, Soviets didn’t ask for it but every help was welcomed in that time. Still it doesn’t mean that Soviets were depended on it. West would have no chance to survive if Hitler wouldn’t decide invade the Soviet Union and would rather focused full military strength on the Western Front. Say whatever you wan’t but the fact remains without Red Army, Europe would be totally lost and destroyed by Nazis, and after Europe another target in the row would became the United States. Nazi Germany was the most advanced side of the WWII, they were ahead in every aspect but the Red Army simply overwhelmed them by the number of troops and equipment that the USSR was able to deploy. You can’t fool the history.

    • It is just a machine, it can happen to any side no matter if it is the Ka-52 or the AH-64. There are just two explanations of what happened, either it was a mistake of the gunman or a malfunction of the system itself. You don’t have to wasting time with searching for another explanation because there is no another explanation.

  3. Anyone know what happened to the guy walking towards the vehicle?

    The later aftermath video shows a credit card lying on the ground so did the guy live?

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