Ukraine Shot Down Russian Ka-52 Attack Helicopter

Ukrainian volunteer shot down Ka-52 helicopter using stinger missile. Photo by AP.

Ukrainian Air Force said it shot down a Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter belonging to the Russian army on Wednesday.

“On August 24, at around 1:00 a.m., a Ka-52 helicopter of the Russian occupying forces was shot down by an airborne missile unit of the Armed Forces in the eastern direction.” the report states.

According to open-source intel tracker Oryx, Russia has lost at least 36 Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters since Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine began on Feb. 24.

According to Russian state media, the Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance/attack helicopter is designed to destroy tanks, armored and non-armored vehicles, manpower, rotorcraft and other enemy aircraft on the frontline and in the tactical depth, in any weather conditions and at any time. The helicopter is furnished with modern avionics while its coaxial rotor system and enhanced longitudinal control enable it to maneuver and perform complex aerobatic operations effectively.

Russian arms export agency Rosoboronexport said that Ka-52 is a highly-manoeuvrable helicopter armed with an armament complex capable of executing any combat task efficiently.

“Ka-52 has a high combat survivability and combat power, it can be operated round-the-clock, it has a wide range of aerial weapons and high It is the only helicopter in the world that is equipped with the Ejection & Shock absorbing System,” Rosoboronexport said on its website.

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