Tension Today: Ukrαine Army Use MANPADS To Shoot Down Russiαn Mi-35M Attαck Helicopter Near Kherson (VIDEO)
The Russiαn aircraft, reportedly a Mi-35M attack helicopter, was shot down while flying extremely close to the ground by a MANPADS (man-portable air defence system). In the short clip, which was shared widely on social media, the chopper can be seen hugging the ground as it flies over fields in southern Ukrαine.
Based on the Soviet-era Mi-24 Hind, Mi-35M military helicopter incorporates several improvements, including shortened stub wings, a new rotor system, modern avionics, upgraded turboshaft engines and a hydraulic system. The cockpit and vital components of the helicopter are heavily armoured.
The helicopter has an overall length of 21.6m, a wingspan of 6.5m, and a height of 6.5m. Its take-off weight in ferry configuration is 12,000kg. It can carry eight troops or a payload of 2,400kg.
Mi-35M is one of the modern combat helicopters in the Russiαn Air Force inventory. It is also operated by the armed forces of Venezuela, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Mali.