Ukraine said Tuesday that it shot down one of Russia’s most advanced operational attack helicopters using a man-portable air defense system.
Ukrainian military reported that the Ka-52 helicopter was shot down at 7:43 a.m. by a 38th Brigade MANPADS unit.
Pro-Russian Telegram channels also confirmed that one of the Ka-52 was shot down by Ukrainian Soldiers in the Donetsk region this morning.
Russia is visually confirmed to have lost over 25% of its total operational Ka-52 helicopter fleet, according to the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD).
The last intelligence update said there had been at least 38 verified losses of Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter in Ukraine since the invasion.
#Ukraine: This morning, the Ukrainian 38th Marine Brigade shot down a Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter in #Donetsk Oblast- as claimed, MANPADS were used and the crew didn’t survive. pic.twitter.com/3dX2fTGurr
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) July 25, 2023