On December 18, the Military Informant channel on Telegram shared a photo showing the gun sight of a Russian Mi-35M gunship locked on a U.S. AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
The photo was reportedly taken during a recent encounter between Russian and U.S. forces in Syria’s northeastern region, where both sides conduct aerial patrols on a regular basis.
The Mi-30M’s GSh-23V 23 mm machine gun is capable of engaging aerial targets. The gunship can be also armed with Igla-V and R-73 air-to-air missiles.
Russia deployed several Mi-35M and Mi-8 helicopters in northeastern Syria last year to support the operations of the Russian Military Police in the region. Russian troops have been observing the ceasefire between the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and Turkish forces.
This year there were many dangerous encounters between the Russian Military Police and U.S. forces in northeastern Syria, especially in northern al-Hasakah. U.S. forces have been actively working to limit Russian forces’ freedom of movements in northeastern Syria. In spite of this, Russian forces are fulfilling their missions and expanding their presence in the region.
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