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Videos show Ukrainian surveillance plane shot down by MANPADS (and crew jump from it)

A Ukrainian AN-30 reconaissance plane was shot down by MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System) in east Ukraine.

On Jun. 6, a Ukrainian Air Force AN-30 (or AN-26), believed to carry out surveillance missions was hit and downed by MANPADS over Slavyansk.

The aircraft reportedly crashed near Svyatogorsk north of Slavyansk.

Footage and photos showing the downing and the evacuation of the plane by the aircrew before the aircraft crashed into the ground have already been posted on Liveleak, Youtube and various Social Media.

We recently pointed out the risk posed by MANPADS to Ukrainian Armed Forces aircraft and helicopters.

Once again, thanks to Steppen Wolf for the heads-up

Top image via @Novorussia2015

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[Video] Ukrainian Il-76 releases flares on take off from Donetsk

MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) are a serious threat in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Reportedly filmed near Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, the following footage shows an Ukrainian Ilyushin Il-76 releasing plenty of flares during the initial climb after take off from the local airfield.

Flares are infrared countermeasures made of a composition based on hot-burning metal used to counter heat seeking air-to-air or surface-to-air missiles: flares generate temperatures equal to or hotter than engine exhaust attracting the missile’s seeker head.

Considered the low speed and poor maneuverability, airlifters and helicopters (the latter even more exposed to the risk because they normally operate at lower altitudes) are vulnerable to MANPADS, as many videos coming from Syria have demonstrated.

Little details are available on the type of MANPADS used in Ukraine, other than they pose a serious threat to Ukrainian aircraft.

Most probably, those involved in the downing of two Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopters by “unknown persons by means of man-portable air defense system (PZRK)” overnight into May 2, were Igla: either 9K310 Igla-1 (SA-16 “Gimlet”), or newer 9K38 Igla (SA-18 “Grouse”), which are known to be operated by the Ukrainian (and Russian) military; others were reportedly stolen from Ukrainian units in March and may have ended in the separatists hands.

Ukrainian Mi-24 Hinds have been fitted with “Andros KT-01AVE” Counter MANPADS suites with “L166V1A Lipa” jammers.

Mi-24 Anti-MANPADS


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These videos show the alleged attack of Ukrainian Gunship Helicopters against their own troops

16 Ukraine soldiers were killed in deadly checkpoint attack. Ukrainian Air Force helicopters strafed their own troops? Most probably, no.

A Ukrainian checkpoint at Blagodatnoe village, near the town of Volnovakha, was assaulted on May 22. 16 soldiers were killed and about 30 wounded.

According to RT, the attackers arrived in transit vans, with combat helicopters providing cover for them.

The attackers began shooting at the soldiers at the checkpoint and one of the shells hit an ammunition depot, causing a huge explosion.

Some eyewitnesses captured the events unfold on video. One of these videos shows Mil Mi-24 Hind gunships flying at very low altitude above the area, deploying flares.

Here’s an another video which shows the same scene from the ground. This video is even more interesting as it shows the attack from the soldiers point of view. The footage clearly shows the helicopters flying at ultra-low altitude in the aftermath of the massive explosion.

According to some sources, the helicopters that can be seen in the video strafed the Ukrainian soldiers at the checkpoint in a blue-on-blue episode.

However, both videos may show a different story.

They arrived over the checkpoint after the first explosion. Then they circled in the vicinity deploying flares, most probably because they were concerned by MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems).

There is no evidence any of the helicopters really fired and the gun fire that can be heard in the footage may come from the ground.

Obviously, the entire scene must have been confusing from the air and on the ground, hence the reports of friendly fire or mutiny.

H/T to Steppen Wolf for sending the links and providing additional information.


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Two Ukrainian Gunship helicopters shot down by MANPADS in Eastern Ukraine

Two Ukrainian Armed Forces Mi-24 helicopters shot down in Donetsk Oblst.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, two Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopters were shot down by “unknown persons by means of man-portable air defense system (PZRK)” overnight into May 2.

As a result two servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed forces died and several were injured.

Furthermore, one Mi-8 Hip helicopter of Army Aviation, Ukrainian Armed Forces, was damaged by small arms fire.

Whilst four persons were arrested for the downing, it is clear that MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) are going to be a factor against poorly equipped (and trained?) Ukrainian gunships. Maybe it’s time for Kiev to dispatch some more survivable Su-25 Frogfoot jets.

Here below an image showing the Mi-8 hit by small arms fire:

Small arms sign on Mi-8

Image credit: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

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New video shows deadly MANPADS hit on helicopter in Syria

Emerged on Sept. 15, new footage allegedly shows a helicopter being shot down over Nubbol (a small town in northern Aleppo province) Jun. 30, 2013 by rebels using an FN-6 MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System).

Developed in China, the FN-6 is a third generation passive IR (Infrared) surface-to-air missile with a range of 6 km and a maximum altitude of 3.5 km.

Several MANPADS are in the hands of the Free Syrian Army that is using them to shoot down Assad’s planes and helicopters.


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