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Intense video shows Turkish AH-1W Cobra helicopter getting shot down by SA-18 MANPADS

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


Impressive video shows Turkish air strike on PKK ammunition depot in Northern Iraq as seen from a Gozcu UAV

Drone provides an interesting point of view on air strike on PKK ammunition depot in northern Iraq.

The video below was filmed on Sept. 11, during Turkish Air Force air strikes on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in Northern Iraq.

60 PKK terrorists were killed in the raids against 64 targets in area which involved 21 aircraft (F-16s and F-4 2020). Among the targets hit by the Turkish strikes even a large ammunition depot where secondary explosions lasted for 2 hours.

Here’s the video filmed by a Gozcu (Heron 1) UAV.

The TuAF launched Operation Martyr Yalcin in the early morning on Jul. 24, a day after Islamic State militants attacked a Turkish border patrol in the town of Elbeyli in Kilis Province, killing one soldier and injuring two others. The operation was named after the Turkish soldier killed in the initial attack, Yalçın Nane.

H/T to Arda Mevlutoglu for the heads-up


Prototype of Turkey’s first armed drone crashes during test flight. Again.

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported the news that the prototype of the ANKA unmmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed during a test flight on Sept. 27.

The Turkish drone was flying at 10,000 feet, when it reportedly lost contact with its ground control station and crashed 4 kilometers from Eskisehir.

Based on its datasheet, the ANKA (“Phoenix”) is rather impressive: it’s a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) aircraft, capable of carrying more than 200 kg of payload, for about 24 hours, at an altitude of up to 30,000 feet. But is seems to suffer some problems.

Two versions of such drone are being developed: the surveillance one, Anka-A (TIHA-A), and the UCAV (unmanned combat aerial vehicle), dubbed Anka +A (TIHA-B).

The “Phoenix” has a shape which reminds that of the Israeli Hermes 450, with a Predator B/Reaper tail-type. It will be used to spy on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), as done by the U.S. Predators operating from Incirlik airbase, one of those crashed/was shot down few days ago.

Produced by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), the first of 5 test aircraf rolled out the hangar on Jul. 16, 2010, and made its first flight on Dec. 30 of the same year.  Unfortunately, during its first flight, lasting only 14 minutes, it crash landed (although there are different versions of this episode, including one according to which, the UAV safely landed…).

According to an article published on Israel National News website which quotes Defense News, the second drone managed to fly for 90 minutes before crashing, whereas the third prototype flew for about 120 minutes before crashing into the ground. However, since there are not many details about the alleged mishaps, and considered that the indigenous drone was developed following a a diplomatic crisis with Israel (after an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla and the killing of nine Turkish activists), the safety records of the Anka as reported by the Israeli media should be taken with grain of salt unless officially confirmed pr new information surfaces.

The one that was lost on its final acceptance flight on Sept. 27 should have been the first prototype (fixed and returned to flight) that completed some 98 sorties prior to the (last) accident.

According to a statement released by the TAI, the cause of the crash was a technical failure and, while research to identify the technical failure is ongoing,  the final test flights will continue with other UAVs.

Image credit: Wiki

U.S. Predator spy drone shot down by Kurd rebels in Turkey, near Iraq

Pictures of the wreckage of a U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone shot down in Turkey were released by the Kurdish Firat News Agency on Sept. 19.

The spy robot was shot down by the Kurd rebels on Sept. 18, during an operation against the rebel bastion of Uludere, in the Hakkari prefecture.

According to Turkish and Greek media outlets, the drone was part of a force of four U.S. Air Force Predator UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) deployed to Incirlik airbase, in southern Turkey (one of the airports used to launch drone surveillance missions over Syria).

Their primary mission from Incirlik is  the surveillance of the Kurdish rebels along the borders between Turkey and Iraq, not far from Iran: images are collected and transmitted to the Turkish General Staff to help Ankara monitoring the movements of militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

In fact, the U.S. is cooperating with Turkey in its efforts to combat the PKK by extending Predator flights over northern Iraq, to spy on PKK bases. Ankara insists U.S. Predators should support anti-PKK operations 24 hours a day, a request Washington could be unable to satisfy considered the effort required by America’s drone war across the world.

Someone managed to film the crash site and uploaded a video to Youtube.

Although few parts of the downed drone have survived the crash, a “General Atomics” label, a chunk of the Rotax 914 four cylinder, four-stroke, 101 HP engine (and a quite intact sensor camera array) can be clearly identified, thus confirming that the one downed by the PKK (or autnomously crashed) is really a Predator, the most famous American unmanned platform.

Image credit: Firat News