Brand new footage released by Amaq News (ISIS affiliated outlet) reveals the exact moment a Russian military helicopter was downed during counter-terrorism operations on the eastern outskirts of Palmyra.

Both Russian pilots were killed during the incident as they lacked sufficient time to escape the aircraft. However, the bodies were successfully retrieved during a special operation led by the Russian Armed Forces, despite a large presence of ISIS fighters in the region.

The footage is available here:


According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the helicopter’s third missile accidentally struck the aircraft’s tail during launch due to a technical error, causing the helicopter to plunge towards the ground.

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Nick Bartolomeo
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Nick Bartolomeo

o*g missle striking tail? You can’t be serious,you simply can’t. Even Russian TOW explanation sounds less idiotic.

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Jak Jones

Theres NO TOW trail. It was its own rocket that did it

Hamza
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Hamza

well from video its obvious something has struck the tail at the moment of missle firing. As ridiculous as that theory seems, it may actually be true.

Kopfz
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Kopfz

You can see two prior missiles fire from the pod before a third failes and does tail damage.

Yes it can happen.

Bomba
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Bomba

i think u are retarded because u cant even see with ure own eyes in the video when the third missile goes back and strikes the tail.isis cant shoot s**t.

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

You CLEARLY SEE IT ON VIDEO.
Yup, sometimes rockets fail and they may be ejected on the wrong side or explode in their tubes. Not forcely due to the explosive itself : the rocket propellants are lowest grade explosives than TNT, C4 etc etc, but have generally about 75 to 80% of military grade explosive power so in case of a rocket engine fail, things can turn pretty bad : Remember the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986? It happened due to the failure of a rocket booster too

Jak
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Jak

You can see it was not the ISIS idiots

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Jak Jones

Clearly it own rocket came out the back of the tube

Almiono
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Almiono

Nope 2 shoots of 30mm bellow the main rotor breacks the belt of back rotor.

maza
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maza

i was not a man pad its own missile struck the tail. as video shows nothing come from ground to hit the copter…its not good dude….

Ben Say
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Ben Say

No sign of a MANPAD in this video.

Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)

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Jak Jones

TOW explosions at 152 mm, are much bigger

sepheronx
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sepheronx

Regardless, sad it is. The helicopter was a Syrian Mi-25 helicopter that undergone repairs and the test pilots were given a mission with it. So far, it isn’t specified what brought it down but most are looking at a failure of a rocket launch.

Sadrik
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Sadrik

Thats definitely not Mi-25 – there ale also HQ versions of video and it looks like MI-35, equipped with Vitebsk. Not sure why is Russian MOD lying about it…

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Mi-25 and Mi-35 are nothing else than Mi-24 : Mi-25 : export version of Mi-24D, Mi-35 : export version of Mi-24V, Mi-35M = night version, etc etc etc : there are dozens of versions for Mi-24 🙂 Have fun to recognise one from the other as only the Mi-24A, the Mi-PSV and the Mi-28 have a distinctive airframe.

doug smith
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doug smith

@LoveDomine Actually it was a Syrian govt helicopter with 2 Russian trainers onboard

Bomba
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Bomba

Never the less….it was a malfunction and a error by the heli and not some jihadi scum tards that took it down.

Kayl
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Kayl

It appears to be Mi-35. The explosion was to small to be TOW, and TOW’s are inefficient at firing at moving helis. The small and highly concentrated explosion appears as the typical expanding rod warhead, likely a Russian made Igla. It is a deadly weapon, as it can miss target by upwards of 5 to 7 meters, but still detonate due to laser sensors picking up target vicinity. This was as perfect of a shot as it gets. Rear rotir blown off, causing catastrophic imbalance and spin out effect. Shame both crew died, they appeared to have acheieved some amount… Read more »

Nick Bartolomeo
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Nick Bartolomeo

ofc it was an MANPAD https://t.co/OafsGIfLID