Around midnight, a Syrian military helicopter came under fire over Bahariyah in the East Ghouta (rural Damascus), according to the Jaish al-Islam spokesman Hamza Bairakdar.

A video of the incident surfaced minutes ago:

Hamza Bairakdar said the helicopter was downed using the 9K33 Osa anti-aircraft system; this surface-to-air missile launcher was previously believed to have been completely destroyed in October 2015 by the Russian Airforce.

However, upon inquiry with a military source in Damascus, Al-Masdar News was informed that the helicopter had landed safely at a nearby airport shortly after the attack. The source added that the 9K33 Osa missile was deterred by a flare at the last moment.

Remarkably, the incident happened just hours after none other than Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited the nearby frontline at Marj al-Sultan, just a few kilometers from Bahariyah.

The 9K33 Osa anti-aircraft system was acquired by Islamist rebels in late 2012 as they seized Marj al-Sultan helicopter base; the military site was since recaptured by government forces in December 2015, thus enabling the presidential visit on Sunday.

Government troops have been making steady gains in the Syrian capital in 2016 as well, most recently with their capture of Bahariyah six days ago.

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ziad welds

great that’s all we needed now.with weps like these the pigs have no need for an air force ,this is why i worry about Assad taking risks,hope they did not fly him there so carelessly,,and how is it the pigs know how to use these weps without special help and training? these are sophisticated equipment and most likely have launch codes ,not some shoulder mounted toys

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In fact, yes and no… The first ones were fielded in 1970, production stopped in 1988.
if you except the explosive load, 9M33 missile is just a little better than a Stinger : Engagement max range : 9km, max ceiling : 5000m
9M33M2 “Osa-A” : range : 10km
9M33M3 becomes more serious : range 15km, altitude : 10 to 12km…
They seized an air-base, you can bet the manual was in the 9A33BM vehicle…
You’ve just got to RTFM!
http://img12.deviantart.net/d98b/i/2008/280/1/a/rtfm_by_pizzasemmel.jpg
Systems look like that :
http://image85.360doc.com/DownloadImg/2015/05/0319/53125822_9.jpg
Seems not so complicated.

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux
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tratior using whitepons to attacks is own govt logic

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Jaysh-al-Islam, Turkey+KSA backed, the same mofos that had get a serious warhead full of sarin from abroad in order to accuse Assad of crimes against humanity in a false-flag…
You can’t be sure there are a lot of syrian in it : there may be a lot of mercenaries in.
Due to their ugly practizes, they are nearly as moderate as Daesh…

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Possibly chaff, not flare (against Radar)

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

According to some reports, some of the units may have been built with both IR and semi-active radar homing 🙁

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Next headline. Russians obliterate 9K33 Osa anti-aircraft system along with a few stanky Islamist freaks, US heart broken.

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

It seems there’ll be some Kh-27 or Kh-25MP/MPU use soon… Or maybe some Vympel R-27EP in air-to-ground testing? The R-27EP is an air-air missile that locks on the ennemy’s aircraft radar or jammings. Totally passive, long range (130km) and pretty nasty surprise for an aircraft.

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Daeshbags Sux

US don’t give a f**k : they haven’t ‘invested’ in this gang…