Ukrainian Mi-24 "Hind" Helicopters Slam Russian Positions With Rockets

Another submission from Ukraine’s 47th Mechanized Brigade, this drone footage shows two Ukrainian Army Mi-24 “Hind” attack helicopters as they fire salvos of rockets at a Russian position near Pokrovsky. This occurred in June of 2024.


The pair attacks in a pattern that is indicative of rotary-wing rocket attacks in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. They pitch their noses up to increase the range of their salvos, then pop countermeasures as they descend while banking away in order to defeat and elude anti-aircraft fire. This doctrine is followed by helicopter pilots on both sides, Russian and Ukrainian.


The efficacy of the pitch-up firing technique is a subject of continued debate, but it’s worth mentioning that neither side uses “dumb” rockets exclusively. Rockets with some targeting ability naturally benefit from the increased range, which is afforded by being “lobbed in.” Even in dumb-fire cases, the rapid arrival of a helicopter-delivered salvo is great for keeping heads down at a moment’s notice. If nothing else, the display, much like the Ukrainian countryside, is gorgeous to see.


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Another submission from Ukraine’s 47th Mechanized Brigade, this drone footage shows two Ukrainian Army Mi-24 “Hind” attack helicopters as they fire salvos of rockets at a Russian position near Pokrovsky. This occurred in June of 2024.


The pair attacks in a pattern that is indicative of rotary-wing rocket attacks in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. They pitch their noses up to increase the range of their salvos, then pop countermeasures as they descend while banking away in order to defeat and elude anti-aircraft fire. This doctrine is followed by helicopter pilots on both sides, Russian and Ukrainian.


The efficacy of the pitch-up firing technique is a subject of continued debate, but it’s worth mentioning that neither side uses “dumb” rockets exclusively. Rockets with some targeting ability naturally benefit from the increased range, which is afforded by being “lobbed in.” Even in dumb-fire cases, the rapid arrival of a helicopter-delivered salvo is great for keeping heads down at a moment’s notice. If nothing else, the display, much like the Ukrainian countryside, is gorgeous to see.


About the Author

    Author's Photo    
     

Cole Simms

     

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

   

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