Ahrar al-Sham Claims It Shot Down Helicopter In Northern Latakia

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Ahrar al-Sham Claims It Shot Down Helicopter In Northern Latakia

FILE IMAGE. Source: rferl.org

The Ahrar al-Sham militant group claimed on March 27 that it had downed a helicopter near the village Salma in the Al-Akrad Mountain in the northern part of the Syrian province of Latakia.

Militants used heavy machine guns to down the helictoper.

There is no confirmed information which type helicopter was downed. No videos or photos from the crash site were provided yet.

According to media activists, the Russian Aerospace Forces started deliviring of airstrikes at the crash site following the incident.

UPD: The Russian Defense Ministry officially denied rumors that militants had downed a Russian helicopter in the area.

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  • Thegr8rambino

    Well shit I hope it ain’t true

    • Barba_Papa

      Yeah, well, helicopters will always be more vulnerable then jet aircraft, as they can’t fly as high or as fast.

      • Thegr8rambino

        True

  • Shhh

    What type of AA is that in picture.?

    • testera

      Looks like a gun taken out of Shilka (water cooling on top of the barrel is it’s unique feature).
      I’ve seen videos of Shilkas with missing guns earlier. I guess this is where they ended up.

      • Shhh

        Thank you. Any news whether Rebels use tracking point system for moving targets? In tracking point computer fires weapon after manually aligned based on computer data.

        • testera

          On jihadmobiles like this, no.
          On Shilka, guns have radar guidance, but I’ve only seen them being used against ground targets. Maybe they don’t have trained operators, maybe Russian counter-measures render them useless.

  • SnowCatzor

    It’s common-place for these scum to claim they’ve shot down Russian aircraft, but the vast majority turn out to be fake news. If it wasn’t just another bogus piece of propaganda they would have shown photos or video by now.

  • gustavo

    Assuming that this is true…the question is …why are these group of terrorists in the area ? I means, this area would must be cleaned since the beginning when Russia started to break the terrorists because is somewhat close to the air base, isn’t it ? I know the unofficial justification like, there are not enough military people, tiger force is busy in other place, bla bla bla. For me is just incredible that close to Damasco and russian air base are terrorists, and Russia and Syria are not be able to clean these areas.