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"Magnificent eight" - in the terrible Syrian sky

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"Magnificent eight" - in the terrible Syrian sky



Mi-8 helicopters have been flying in the Syrian sky since the beginning of the 70-s. In 1973, more than three dozen of these helicopters were actively used in hostilities to liberate territories seized by Israel. In particular, using the G8s, Syrian paratroopers managed to successfully capture and control the strategically important Mount Hermon for some time.

With the beginning of the civil war in Lebanon and the introduction of the Syrian contingent Mi-8 there, they were involved in supporting the actions of the combat units of this Arab country.

In 1981, two Syrian Mi-8s were attacked by Israeli F-16s and were shot down. One was struck from aviation guns, the other with a Sidewinder air-to-air missile.

During the repulse of the Israeli aggression 1982, the helicopters of this type were again at the front, but during this conflict they did not suffer any losses at all.

When the internal political situation in Syria escalated, there were about a hundred Mi-8 and Mi-17 in service with this country. With the beginning of the armed confrontation, the helicopters began to be actively used for fire support, the transfer of personnel, ammunition, transportation to the rear of the wounded. Western media still write a lot about the use of these so-called "barrel bombs" by these turntables.



Helicopter pilots of government troops had to act in difficult conditions, since the insurgents had at their disposal not only various rifle gunmen. weapon, but also various air defense systems, such as the portable Strela-2, Eagle, Chinese FN-6, as well as mobile systems like Osa. Therefore, losses began to be recorded. The situation was complicated by the fact that the helicopters were not equipped with modern means of countering. Nevertheless, even in such extreme conditions it happened that the G-8, after hitting anti-aircraft missiles, could continue the flight, saving the lives of the crew and the landing force.

Danger lurked helicopters not only in the sky, but also on the ground. Repeatedly, terrorists managed to beat down helicopters right at the airfields. For this purpose, guided anti-tank missile systems were used, such as Metis, Cornet, HJ-8.



In addition, government troops lost equipment on the captured air bases. So, at the airport of Taftanaz, in the province of Idlib, the militants managed to capture about two dozen Mi-8 and Mi-17 in different condition. In total, according to various estimates, over the years the Syrians have lost more than fifty helicopters of this model. And yet, despite significant losses, these helicopters still make a worthy contribution to repelling the aggression of international terrorism and to the coming victory.
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  3. LÄRZ
    LÄRZ 17 January 2016 05: 46 New
    10
    No, that's how old the car is, but everything is in demand; and how it works! And where only does not work!
    1. Just BB
      Just BB 17 January 2016 08: 27 New
      +6
      Years rather name: "Eight"
      Between the machine of the first years of production (and there was a single-engine version) and modern, perhaps, only the wheels remained the same.
      People work. good

      Although there are questions to them yes
      1. LÄRZ
        LÄRZ 17 January 2016 12: 30 New
        +2
        Quote: Just VV
        Although there are questions to them

        Well, not without it. "He who does nothing is not mistaken," Although a mistake in aviation (even a small oversight) is very expensive. And I haven’t touched the G8 for a long time.
  4. Same lech
    Same lech 17 January 2016 05: 50 New
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    Western media still write a lot about the use of the so-called "barrel bombs" by these turntables.


    smile There is such a video ..
    .
    Unfortunately MI-8 burns very well when it gets a guided anti-tank missile systems such as Metis, Cornet, HJ-8 ....
    on the video it is clearly visible ... if you do not have time to jump out in time you will die quickly.
    1. Magic archer
      Magic archer 17 January 2016 06: 15 New
      +8
      Well, if you get into Black Hawk or Chinook from any of the above mentioned sites, they will burn in the same way wink
      In the Soldier of Fortune, I had long ago seen photos of downed American helicopters. Losses were from missiles and from grenades and from small arms hi
    2. Aaron Zawi
      Aaron Zawi 17 January 2016 07: 43 New
      +8
      Quote: The same Lech
      Western media still write a lot about the use of the so-called "barrel bombs" by these turntables.
      from getting ATGM all helicopters burn. In 2006, after the landing, our Yasur was hit during take-off. Four crew members were killed.
    3. Forest
      Forest 17 January 2016 13: 32 New
      0
      ATGMs are designed to penetrate the armor of tanks and destroy inside the crew and shielded components and mechanisms, so that no transport helicopter can withstand anti-tank weapons.
    4. svp67
      svp67 17 January 2016 16: 16 New
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      Quote: The same Lech
      Unfortunately MI-8 burns very well when it gets a guided anti-tank missile systems such as Metis, Cornet, HJ-8 ....

      This problem is partially solved by the installation of modern protected fuel tanks, in Russia such tanks will go to state tests this year.
  5. iliitchitch
    iliitchitch 17 January 2016 05: 58 New
    +6
    "eight" - the main helicopter in the world, but by chance this does not happen. To work at the equator and at the poles is worth a lot.
    1. LÄRZ
      LÄRZ 17 January 2016 07: 37 New
      +4
      Quote: iliitch
      To work at the equator and at the poles is worth a lot.

      Something AK-47 recalls.
  6. afdjhbn67
    afdjhbn67 17 January 2016 07: 22 New
    +2
    Strange as it is written with emphasis on the negative .. Excellent helicopter.
  7. avg-mgn
    avg-mgn 17 January 2016 08: 13 New
    +2
    Helicopter for 50. In Syria, obviously, cars of not the latest modifications, while

    militants managed to capture about two dozen Mi-8 and Mi-17 in various conditions. In total, according to various estimates, over the years, the Syrians have lost more than fifty helicopters of this model.

    only about 30 vehicles in combat losses during the war years. In short, "Made in the USSR" !!!
  8. Gray 43
    Gray 43 17 January 2016 08: 22 New
    +3
    As the staff themselves say, for their helicopter it is desirable to hangar and prepare for departure, but on MI-8 it is enough to put batteries and refuel and you can take off. Accidents involving the "eights" in recent years are due to poor quality components used in the repair
  9. Cap.Morgan
    Cap.Morgan 17 January 2016 08: 57 New
    +2
    Mi 8 is still not a fighting vehicle, but a transport one. In battles, it can only be used for poverty.
    1. NIKNN
      NIKNN 17 January 2016 15: 05 New
      +2
      Quote: Cap.Morgan
      Mi 8 is still not a fighting vehicle, but a transport one. In battles, it can only be used for poverty.


      Passenger
      Transportation
      Multi-purpose
      Special purpose
      Air command posts
      Medical
      Jammers
      Agricultural
      Military vehicles
      Something like this... hi
      1. Izotovp
        Izotovp 18 January 2016 00: 43 New
        0
        Mi-14 is also here)))
  10. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 17 January 2016 10: 36 New
    +2
    a real workhorse! Thank you mi - 8 that I am alive and almost intact. and people flying at you - Bow low! Real helicopter pilots!
  11. Don
    Don 17 January 2016 11: 30 New
    0
    Heavy losses, you can’t argue here. But for those who are surrounded by territories, such as Deir Er-Zor, these helicopters are the only connection with their own and a source of replenishment.
  12. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 17 January 2016 11: 49 New
    +2
    Amazing fit in size! Such a successful car, how many years in the ranks, how many modifications. Excellent cost-effectiveness ratio. And survivability was on the level. Of course, modern helicopters and helicopters of the first release - are very different, however, 8 is a brand!
    And you all are a raw materials appendage. Raw appendages do not sell helicopters.
  13. serezhasoldatow
    serezhasoldatow 17 January 2016 15: 30 New
    +1
    Kalashnikov air of the world.
  14. Hydrograph
    Hydrograph 17 January 2016 15: 31 New
    +1
    Today in the news they reported about possible privatization in Russia, “Russian Helicopters” seem to be on the list, why would it?
  15. Kibl
    Kibl 17 January 2016 15: 53 New
    0
    And how many human lives were saved by the "eight" !!!!
    1. svp67
      svp67 17 January 2016 16: 19 New
      0
      Quote: KIBL
      And how many human lives were saved by the "eight" !!!!

      And how much longer will this hard worker save !!!!!
  16. serge siberian
    serge siberian 17 January 2016 19: 46 New
    0
    Quote: Hydrograph
    Today in the news they reported about possible privatization in Russia, “Russian Helicopters” seem to be on the list, why would it?

    such, I’m not afraid to say BRANDS cannot be privatized am angry otherwise it won’t save anyone !!!
    Quote: svp67
    And how many human lives were saved by the "eight" !!!!
  17. kapitan92
    kapitan92 17 January 2016 22: 36 New
    +4
    A low bow to those who designed, implemented, taught to fly, experienced MI-8. The workhorse of war and citizen. A deep bow to our flyers, who performed wonders of piloting and conducting combat in many countries of the world on this “turntable”. It remains to be hoped that no privatization will destroy this Russian Helicopters holding, and we will all see new and promising modifications and models of Russian helicopters! drinks
  18. HELIX
    HELIX 18 June 2016 16: 30 New
    0
    But did Mikhail Leotievich know at one time - how sculpted a successful car?