The attack on Syrian helicopter earlier today was carried out by Turkish F-16
ANKARA, (BM) – The attack on the Mi-17 helicopter of the Syrian army was carried out by a Turkish F-16 fighter, military analyst Babak Tagway reports citing an unnamed former Turkish air force pilot, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to him, the helicopter was shot down by one of the F-16C, deployed at the Turkish Incirlik air base. The source said that the fighter pilot used an AIM-120 AMRAAM guided missile.
According to earlier reports, the Mi-17, which crashed near the city of Nairab in the province of Idlib, was shot down by militants. The fact of the destruction of the helicopter was confirmed by the Turkish Ministry of Defense, however, as the Turkish journalist Rajip Soylu noted, the agency did not inform who carried out the attack on the aircraft.
We reported early today, Turkish troops, and according to other sources, we are talking about pro-Turkish troops, destroyed a Syrian military helicopter in the front area in the province of Idlib, carrying out a reconnaissance and combat mission, delivering strikes of the so-called “Barrel bombs” on the fortifications of the militants.
BulgarianMilitary.com has finded a video of the accident. You can watch it here.
As a result of a missile entering a helicopter, the latter was completely engulfed in flames – all the Syrian soldiers on board were killed.
On the presented video frames, you can see that the Syrian Air Force combat vehicle is almost completely engulfed in fire, while the integrity of its fuselage was violated even before it hit the ground – the aircraft began to fall apart in the air, which confirms the information that the Turkish troops hit the Syrian helicopter anti-aircraft missile – either from short-range air defense systems, or from MANPADS.
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