July 8, 2016, the Russian military pilots-instructors Rafaqat Khabibulin and Evgeny Dolgin overflew Syrian Mi-25 (export version of the Mi-24) with ammunition in HOMS province. In this period of time East Palmyra a large group of DAESH militants attacked the positions of Syrian troops and broke through the defense, were advancing rapidly deep into the region, threatening the capture of the dominating heights, — stated in the message of military Department.— Having spent ammunition, when turning in the opposite direction, by ground fire, the helicopter was shot down by terrorists and crashed in an area controlled by the Syrian government army. The crew of the helicopter died.
The media reported the recent deployment to Syria of attack helicopters Ka-52 alligator and Mi-28N “Night hunter”. This is a good addition to the squadron (12 attack helicopters Mi-24, Mi-35 and Mi-8), which is already in force in Syria since the beginning of the operation. Our newest helicopters can operate effectively in both day and night. And here, of course, important not only their tactical and technical characteristics, but also flying skills of the crews that operate them. Unlike Americans of our helicopter pilots are taught to act under conditions of limited nighttime visibility.And equal to them in airmanship, there is no one in the world. It’s no coincidence that in the UN peacekeeping mission, it was the Russian helicopter air group invited most often.