The Russian Air Force’s MI-28NE (Night Hunter) attack helicopters have been a godsend for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) infantry units operating inside the vast Syrian Desert in east Homs.

Why exactly? Well, the Syrian Armed Forces no longer needs to wait until dusk to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defenses; instead, they can strike the aforementioned terrorist group during the twilight hours, thanks in large part to the air cover they receive from the Russian attack helicopters.

When the Syrian Armed Forces liberated the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) from ISIS in late March 2016, they were able to advance each night because of the Russian Air Force’s advanced technology that picked off the enemy defenders before the infantry units attacked.

The same situation is happening in northern Palmyra right now.

Each night, the Russian attack helicopters lead the attack on the ISIS controlled sites in the Palmyra countryside, paving the way for the Tiger Forces to capture well-fortified areas.

Without these Russian choppers, the Syrian Armed Forces would be charging ISIS’ defenses in a wide open desert that is very difficult to advance inside of; but, the table has turned now.

Every Syrian Army advance in east Homs is backed by a Russian chopper that is weakening the terrorist group’s resistance.

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Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani
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Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani
2016-04-23 03:36

Nice

Zafer Abokerch
Zafer Abokerch
2016-04-23 03:19

If there’s one man on Earth who knows what is going on, https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=126&v=ESZN_YDE-TU

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-23 05:00

The chopper on the picture is not the Mi-28NE but the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator.
To my nowledge, the Mi-28 has no russian nickname but, in NATO, it’s known as “Havoc”, ne Ka-52 NATO nickname being Black Shark. Both are able to work at night or by anyweather. The ‘Alligator’ is the only chopper with ejector-seats, the rotors being released before the pilots eject.

3AM
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3AM
2016-04-23 07:44
Reply to  daeshit sucks

Thank you for clarification. The picture is of the K-52. However the author is not an expert in military aviation never the less the information has been available.

neill wadsworth
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neill wadsworth
2016-04-23 10:27
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official nato codename for ka-52 is Hokum-B.

anon
anon
2016-04-23 20:29
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I think you mixed up the names a bit, “Black shark” (Черная акула) is a russian nickname for ka-50 helicopter, it’s an older one-seater version of ka-52.
And although i’m not sure if Mi-28 helis have a general nickname, the Mi-28N is indeed called “Night hunter” (Ночной охотник) in Russia. It is the one Russia is using, the NE is an export version.

Everything else in your post is correct.

TheScepticalOne
TheScepticalOne
2016-04-23 05:44

shred them well boys!!

Rana Ashuri
Rana Ashuri
2016-04-23 04:29

@leithfadel there’s a typo in this article. The SAA liberated Palmyra in March 2016, not 2015 ????

ffang
ffang
2016-04-23 08:12

dosent like in syria about the photo

AJSB
AJSB
2016-04-23 18:53

Nevertheless picture confusion, the Mi-28NE is indeed the most used RuAF gunship in these night raids and not the Ka-52.