Monday, September 8, 2014
Syrian Rebels Take Out Russian Helicopter with Russian Missile
There should be a bit of irony here. The Syrian rebels (likely to be of the extreme Islamic variety given their use of social media and apparent sophistication) here are using a relatively modern Russian anti-tank guided missile to shoot down/blow up a Syrian government helicopter of the Russian variety.
The missile appears to be a Kornet which first came into production in the mid 90's and has been used by Iraq against American tanks in the early '00s, damaging a few but not destroying any and also against the Israeli's by Hezbollah (targets have included Isreali tanks and a child laden schoolbus). Russia has supplied Syria with these anti-tank missiles for years and they appear to have now fallen into the hands of the Syrian rebels/ISIS.
The helicopter here appears to be an MI-2 which is more of a transport helicopter than an attack platform (though it can be outfitted with various short range offensive weaponry). Supposedly Syria had about 20 of these at one point--make that 19 now...Produced in Poland beginning in the late 60's/70's and designed in Russia these helicopters serve in secondary regimes around the world. Though the Kornet missile is not specifically designed to take down helicopters, given the static position this one was in during its landing and apparently unpressured position the attackers were located in, made this takedown easy.