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"We do not abandon our own": helicopter operations in Afghanistan


Soviet helicopter pilots in Afghanistan. On their account, a huge number of completed combat missions: supplying troops, carrying out the landing, including in the highlands, shock operations. Among the many sorties, there is also a special direction. It is connected with the conduct of an operation to evacuate Soviet servicemen, including pilots of other helicopters shot down by militants during the Afghan campaign.

What is evacuation in itself? In theory, everything is “extremely simple”: I flew to a given point, landed, took my own people - and return to your base. And what about real Afghan conditions? Of course, the evacuation of their own from the territory controlled by the enemy did not imply any "easy walk".

Firstly, the “departure to the set point”. But for this you need to know the coordinates of this very point. They could be handed over by the pilots of the downed helicopter, to which another helicopter goes to the rescue. But in this case, there is a direct threat to the evacuees themselves. After all, data on their location can be obtained by the enemy in this way - for example, if they were able to get out of a downed helicopter and get into cover, from where they send a signal.

In other words, they still need to find their own, trying to navigate in the mountains, which is fraught with the additional danger of getting under fire from almost any mountain slope.

Secondly, if a downed helicopter was discovered by our pilots, this does not mean that Soviet servicemen are in close proximity to it, and also does not mean that it is easy to evacuate them. Pilots can be wounded, among them there may be dead, whose bodies also need to be taken out. And this despite the fact that the landing itself can be carried out under fire from the militants.

How he participated in this kind of operation, tells the Soviet pilot Nikolai Ivashchenko, who made more than 600 flights during the war in Afghanistan.

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  1. WHAT IS
    WHAT IS April 15 2021 09: 33
    600 sorties .. Where everyone is like the last ... On these men we have everything and keeps.
    1. Sling cutter
      Sling cutter April 15 2021 10: 51
      I can only thank the helicopter pilots from the bottom of my heart for their hard work in Afghanistan. soldier
    2. evgeniy.105
      evgeniy.105 April 16 2021 19: 11
      Where everyone is as extreme ...
  2. Whisper
    Whisper April 15 2021 09: 36
    Any rescue operation is a risk. All the more so behind enemy lines. Brave guys!
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  4. rocket757
    rocket757 April 15 2021 09: 37
    "We do not abandon our own": helicopter operations in Afghanistan
    GLORY to the people who faithfully follow the traditions of the Russian Warrior ... perish yourself, but help your comrade!
  5. Far B
    Far B April 15 2021 09: 42
    This is how the real "We do not abandon our own!" Should be, and not like now one famous character at the very top.
  6. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv April 15 2021 09: 49
    We, too, once were picked up by turntables.
    Horseless was then, he worked "on foot" ..))
    When you are in complete shit with no options - There is no better happiness in life than the sight of a couple of Teshek coming after you ... Yes, at the same time, a couple of Crocodiles scattering hotels ...
    I will never forget THIS picture.
    In the left cup there were always aged men - with absolutely the same mask of concentration and ... glass eyes, as if they weren't there, and their brain was somewhere inside the turntable. Fuck you understand - where is the man and where is the car.
    These were the AFGHANS.

    Guys, THANK YOU !!!
    Military Greetings.
    1. Living7111972
      Living7111972 7 June 2021 17: 46
      Cavalry from over the hill !!!
  7. Roman Pastukhov
    Roman Pastukhov 12 May 2021 22: 37
    Major General Shagaleev Farit Sultanovich, in Soviet times, commander of military unit 9809 (air regiment PV KSAPO KGB USSR). He received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union on April 8, 1982. When performing combat missions, the brave border guard squadron commander showed exceptional courage, flying skills and the highest professionalism. In March 1981, he found the crew of a downed Soviet plane in the mountains and evacuated it. In October 1981, he took out a maneuvering group of border troops of 80 people surrounded by dushmans. He was the first in the USSR to land troops at an altitude of over 3500 meters above sea level, and then began to perform this at night. During the period of his participation in hostilities, he flew over 1200 sorties, had 1600 hours of combat flight time on the Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters, - a quote from the award list for conferring the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. The first was able to fly in at gunpoint "dushmans", directing his Mi-8 from a small platform on the top of the mountain into the gorge and turning off the engine. Not for good, I turned it on after 5 seconds of free fall, leaving along the gorge to the Soviet territory.