Ukrainian Soldiers shot down Russian attack helicopter

The Ukrainian military released footage on Thursday showing the moment the Russian attack helicopter is hit by the Igla man-portable air-defense system in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

“The Russian helicopter hit the soldiers of the 231st Dnipropetrovsk Territorial Defense Battalion,” the message added.

According to the Militarnyi, the helicopter was a Mi-35M Hind E attack helicopter.

The helicopter has an overall length of 21.6m, a wingspan of 6.5m, and a height of 6.5m. Its take-off weight in ferry configuration is 12,000kg. It can carry eight troops or a payload of 2,400kg.

Mi-35M is one of the modern combat helicopters in the Russian Air Force inventory. It is also operated by the armed forces of Venezuela, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Mali.

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  1. “Mi-35M is one of the modern combat helicopters in the Russian Air Force inventory.”

    Igla is better. 2 more Orcs gone to hell and one helicopter less to kill Ukrainians with.

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