The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) shot down Russian-made Mi-35 helicopter in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, learned GDC citing Africa news.
The TPLF successfully destroyed the Mi-35 helicopter, which took part in striking the positions of the TPLF fighter. According to news agency, the helicopter was shot down from an anti-aircraft gun – the crew on board was killed.
The destroyed Russian-made rotary-wing aircraft was completely destroyed, the crew probably tried to remove the already knocked out rotorcraft from under enemy fire, however, apparently, the damage was critical, and the helicopter’s fuselage simply fell apart.
According to official data, the Ethiopian Air Force is armed with 18 Mi-24 and Mi-35 attack helicopters, however, the loss of several helicopters is a very significant loss for the country’s air force, especially given the fact. that earlier the TPLF also seized the S-300 SAM complexes – the positional area of the TPLF was simply abandoned by the Ethiopian military during the counter-attack by the militants.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Defense declined to comment on the loss of its helicopter, however, confirming this fact.
The Tigray People’s Liberation Front is a heavily armed ethnic nationalist paramilitary insurgency, political party, and former ruling authoritarian regime of Ethiopia, established on 18 February 1975 in Dedebit, northwestern Tigray, according to official records.
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