UK Government estimates 70 Russian helicopters lost in Ukraine

UK Government estimates 70 Russian helicopters lost in Ukraine

30-Nov-2022 Source: HeliHub.com

Under Freedom of Information rules in the UK, the following question was raised by John Healey – the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November to Question 63111 on Ukraine: Armed Conflict, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Russian (a) main battle tanks, (b) armoured fighting vehicles, (c) fixed wing aircrafts, (d) helicopters, (e) unmanned aerial vehicles, (f) ships, (g) artillery systems, (h) multiple-launch rocket systems and (i) other capabilities, destroyed in Ukraine since 1 February 2022.

he separately added

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October to Question 63110 on Ukraine: Armed Conflict, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Russian personnel in Ukraine (a) killed in action, (b) wounded and (c) deserted from their posts, since 24 February 2022.

James Heappey, the Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces) responded as follows

The destruction levels of Russia’s military equipment remain high. We estimate that over 4,500 armoured vehicles, including main battle tanks, 63 fixed wing aircraft, 70 helicopters, 150 unmanned aerial vehicles, 12 naval vessels of all classes, and over 600 artillery systems of all types have been destroyed

Editor note – the Kamov Ka52 Alligator (NATO reporting name Hokum-B) image accompanying this news item is an example of a military helicopter operated by Russian forces. No information has been provided on Russian helicopter types lost in Ukraine, and there is no implication in the statements above that any Ka52 have been lost.

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