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   Found in Yuri Lyamin's LJ

   Interesting to see how LNA (Libyan faction) gets some of their weapons.

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Officially demonstrated two AS.332 Super Puma helicopters, most likely one of the six helicopters (three SA.341 Gazelle and three AS.332 Super Puma), which the UAE through two gasket companies bought in South Africa in 2019 for Haftar's troops

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21 hours ago, LoooSeR said:

   Doesn't look like it is attached to a pylon, it gives impression that it is a part of wing.

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Nope it does infact look like it is attached, the colors being clearly segmented

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2 hours ago, eggs benedict said:

Nope it does infact look like it is attached, the colors being clearly segmented

I meant suspended, like a missile or rocket pod. It doesn't look like it is launchable to me.

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Nice video from Czech Hinds firing salvo of S-5 during an excercise. No idea when it was taken but 7355 is Mi-35 (24V) built in 2002 and comissioned in 2003 as a part of the payment of the Russian debt. AFAIK the only modifications done to it are related to NATO comms, IFF and NVG compatibility. 

 

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On 7/5/2021 at 2:06 PM, mr.T said:

These are now all being phased out and replaced with Blackhawks LOL

 

 

No, that's nonsense. We don't buy any Blackhawks and there are no plans for doing so. 

 

Mi-35 (24V) will be phased out in next five years or so (please take into account that they are basically non-modernized machines equipped with outdated sensors and weaponry) but we buy AH-1Z instead of them. At the moment only 4 are ordered but the plan is to order more in the future.  

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My Czech friend who is a gunner on Mi-35 mentioned that you are buying 12x transport  and 4x attack helos from US and that Mi-35 crews might end on transports. Are those Venom or Blackhawks ?.

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On 7/7/2021 at 1:26 AM, mr.T said:

My Czech friend who is a gunner on Mi-35 mentioned that you are buying 12x transport  and 4x attack helos from US and that Mi-35 crews might end on transports. Are those Venom or Blackhawks ?.

 

At the moment we have ordered 4x AH-1Z and 8x UH-1Y (armed). It's expected that there will be second order for 8 AH-1Z and 4 UH-1Y to make it 12+12. Of course nobody can guarantee that the second order will go through with the new government. 

 

There is a Bell service center here in Prague which is one of the reasons why Bell was prefered. 

 

We keep all Mi-171Sh which went through much deeper modernization than the Mi-35. 

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   On July 30, 2021, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the US Department of Defense sent a notice to the US Congress of the planned upcoming sale to Israel under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program of 18 Sikorsky heavy transport helicopters (Lockheed Martin ) CH-53K King Stallion. This shipment has been approved by the US Department of State. The total cost of the projected delivery will be $ 3.4 billion, including training and technical support packages.
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The CH-53K will become the heaviest production helicopter in the world after the Russian Mi-26, with a maximum take-off weight of about 40 tons and a maximum payload weight of 15.9 tons. The helicopter is equipped with three General Electric GE38-1B (T408) turboshaft engines with a takeoff power of 7500 hp each. 

   Isreal is buying 18 CH-53Ks. They seems to me don't like Chinooks for some reason.

 

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   A bit of more info on new Mi-28NM's datalink with UAVs 

https://iz.ru/1204441/anton-lavrov-aleksei-ramm/mi-poleteli-dlia-chego-nochnykh-superokhotnikov-vooruzhaiut-dronami-kamikadze

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   The Ministry of Defense approved a plan for the procurement of on-board equipment for the latest Mi-28NM helicopters

   "... So, for the serial "Night superhunters" under construction, 80 sets of AS-BLA ["AS-UAV"] equipment for communication with drones have already been ordered (the purchase document is at the disposal of Izvestia). Each such set allows communication with drones at a distance of up to 50 km and has a bandwidth of 5.4 Mbps, sufficient for real-time video transmission ... "

   "..the terms of reference for the development of the Mi-28NM provided for its pairing with medium-range UAVs of the Korsar and Forpost-R types. In addition, he spoke about plans to include kamikaze drones controlled from the side of the rotorcraft. .. " 

 

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I'm getting the feeling that Russia might just skip fire-and-forget ATGM capability altogether and just go straight to OTH precision targeting via suicide drone, supplemented by cheaper Vikhr-1 for WLOS. Not just for their helicopters, but for ground forces, too, if SSO's recent testing of Lancet in Syria is anything to go by; just sub Vikr w/ Kornet

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2 hours ago, ADC411 said:

I'm getting the feeling that Russia might just skip fire-and-forget ATGM capability altogether and just go straight to OTH precision targeting via suicide drone, supplemented by cheaper Vikhr-1 for WLOS. Not just for their helicopters, but for ground forces, too, if SSO's recent testing of Lancet in Syria is anything to go by; just sub Vikr w/ Kornet

LMUR is F&F.

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2 hours ago, ADC411 said:

I forgot about Hermes, thanks. Maybe this is a sign that I shouldn't be drinking on a week day. ;)

IIRC, Hermes and LMUR are different systems, right? And it looks like, at least from publicly available material, Hermes is going to be semi-active laser.

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8 hours ago, ADC411 said:

I forgot about Hermes, thanks. Maybe this is a sign that I shouldn't be drinking on a week day. ;)

LMUR is Izdelie 305, Hermes is different system. Hermes is ground launched and semi-active laser homing on terminal stage, while LMUR is thermal imager seeker + operator in the loop (datalink with helicopter).

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