Russian Mi-8 Attack Helicopter Shot Down with Ukrainian Manpads (+Video)
- April, 25, 2022 - 13:13
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Ukrainian soldiers shot down what appears to be a Russian Mi-8 attack helicopter in Zaporizhzhia Oblast while using 9K38 Igla manpads surface-to-air missile.
A footage was posted on social media that is believed to be showing the moment when a Russian Mi-8 attack helicopter is being shot down with Ukrainian 9K38 Igla MANPADS surface-to-air missile, as soon as it stops popping out flares.
Manpad is the acronym for Man portable air defense systems and in addition to being a practical system to transport, it is particularly effective against low-flying aircraft and, in general, against targets that are no more than a handful of kilometers away.
So far, the Ukrainians have mostly used missiles Stinger, ground-to-air systems with a heat seeking system, which have had the merit of shooting down far more than a few Russian aircraft.
In the last few weeks, however, the Ukrainians have been supplied with the systems Starstreak, which greatly implement the Ukrainian defensive system.
The real strength of this kind of missile is the precision of the laser pointer, capable of recognizing and inserguire the target until it hits it.