The Mi-28NM Night Hunter is one of the newest attack helicopters of the Russian Army, but a new video shows that it has suffered the first casualty on the Ukrainian battlefield.
The footage shows the moment a Russian Mi-28NM helicopter took a direct hit by a MANPADS missile that blew off its tail causing it to crash to the ground. Reportedly, the event occurred in the Luhansk Oblast.
Interestingly, at the beginning of the clip you can also see the gunship helicopter use the ballistic rocket-launching tactic, perform an evasion maneuver to egress the area at low level and be hit in the exhaust area by the missile that caused the tail boom to separate from the rest of the aircraft.
for the First time, Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter was reportedly shot down by a British Starstreak missile. pic.twitter.com/L5jhqhhRdW
According to some reports, both pilot and gunner survived.
UK Ministry of Defence believed that the video showed Starstreak in action over Ukraine. The source added that the anti-aircraft system had been deployed in the country for almost a week. Senior defence industry sources who examined the film also believe it to be the weapon.
About Starstreak MANPADS
Starstreak, a high-velocity projectile that destroys targets with three kinetic darts, was filmed cutting the aircraft in two over the Luhansk region in the east of the country. Starstreak is the most advanced portable missile system in UK inventory.