One should respect Iraqi pilots, if only because they allow you to smoke next to a helicopter that’s being refueled. They are, without any doubt, utterly fearless. Captain Makhmud who brought us to the airport is now lining up KP reporters next to the helo. He starts to record video with his phone, and then asks us to state the so-called “abandoning life” formula, which amounts to keeping all problems that might occur in-flight to ourselves, without blaming anyone. As it happens, it’s a widespread procedure not only among Russian paratroops but also Iraqi soldiers. We maintain a pregnant silence and force ourselves to smile, nodding all the while. We sign under every incomprehensible word.
In this case, there was the usual unfortunate accident – the helicopter for technical reasons, was forced to land near the front line (hence the presence in the area of the accident armored cars “Tiger” and “Shot” – the territory of the villages where Mi-35 was either on the territory controlled by the SAA, or “neutral”, which can rapidly advance the Russian military operating in the area of Palmyra) and during the operation for removal of the crew came under fire from militants of the Caliphate, which turned out to be an ATGM, and a favorable condition for the defeat of lightly armored static target. Just unlucky.
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.