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Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

The experience from the Russian Airforce’s helicopter operations in Syria showed that the full metal blades of lift rotors should be replaced with new ones made of composite materials. Viktor Bondarev, the Colonel General, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Forces, shared with Izvestia that the Mi-28NM upgraded military helicopter will be the first to… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 14-Aug-16

22-Mar-15 2393 Mil Mi-14PL Jabal al-Zawiya, Syria (1F)

Pilot carried out an “emergency landing due to technical failure”. Four occupants were captured by opposition fighters, one crew member was shot by his captors and the fait of a sixth crew member is unknown.  Registration confirmed from this YouTube video

22-Mar-15

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Group from Congress try to block US purchase of Mi-17s

Group from Congress try to block US purchase of Mi-17s

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) led a bipartisan group of members today urging Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel not to purchase additional helicopters from the state-owned Russian arms dealer Rosoboronexport. That company has continued to transfer weapons to the Assad regime, enabling mass atrocities. The group sent the letter amid reports that the Department of Defense… Read more »

Source: Rosa DeLauro, 08-Apr-13

26-Dec-12 Mil Mi-8 Mazzeh, Syria

The Free Syrian Army claims to have shot down a helicopter over Mazzeh Mlitary Airport as it was shelling a residential area

26-Dec-12

27-Nov-12 Mil Mi-17 Aleppo, Syria

Syrian AF Mi-17 was hit by surface to air missile, continued flying but crashed minutes later.  Two YouTube clips show situation – see this one first, then this one.  Casualties unknown

27-Nov-12

16-Nov-12 Mil Mi-17 Al-Ghota Al-Sharqeya, Syria (5F)

Syrian rebels claim to have shot down a Mi-17 helicopter

16-Nov-12

17-Oct-12 Mil Mi-17 Maarat AL Numan, Syria

Helicopter shot down by missile.  Casualties unknown

17-Oct-12

05-Oct-12 Mil Mi-8 East Ghouta, Syria (4F)

Helicopter shot down by rebel forces, and burned out on the ground

05-Oct-12

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20-Sep-12 Damascus, Syria

Helicopter crashed after being shot down by rebels

20-Sep-12

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27-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Damascus, Syria (1F)

Shot down by rebels

27-Aug-12

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US House of Representatives votes 407-5 to stop Mi-17 purchases

US House of Representatives votes 407-5 to stop Mi-17 purchases

The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed an amendment introduced by Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat and Senior Member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, to put an end to purchases from the Russian-controlled arms dealer Rosoboronexport which is currently supplying weapons to the oppressive Syrian regime. The amendment, attached to the FY’13… Read more »

Source: Congressman Jim Moran, 20-Jul-12

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