"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Monday, April 11, 2016

Russia's Alligator combat helicopter made its debut in Syria in early April — source- TASS

MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Russia's Kamov Ka-52 ('Hokum-B') helicopter has made its combat debut in Syria, according to a Russian defense industry source.

"Both Mi-28N and Ka-52 combat helicopters have started to make combat sorties in Syria. Mi-28N was used for the first time near Palmira (Homs province) in late March, while Ka-52 has made its combat debut in the vicinities of the Homs city in early April", the source said. He pointed out, that one Ka-52 had been exploited as a "counter-terroristic asset", eliminating small groups of terrorists, using both unguided and high-precision weapons. "The Ka-52 helicopter was equipped with two types of 'Ataka' guided missile (AT-9 Spiral-2), namely, armed with anti-tank (9M120) and anti-personnel (9M120F, F stands for fugasnaya, high-explosive) warheads. As the terrorists had not deployed armoured vehicles in the area, where the Ka-52`s first combat sortie took place, the helicopter used 80mm S-8OFP unguided rockets and 9M120F guided missiles to eliminate several groups of terrorists", the source added. He said, that 9M120F fully revealed its combat potential as an anti-personnel weapon as it had eliminated a group of terrorists in a small trench, being guided via radio command channel. "Even S-8OFP. unexpectedly, turned out to be a relatively precision rocket", the source pointed out. He did not mention the losees of the terrorists.