Video of Syrian rebels allegedly firing at a Russian-made helicopter on the ground has been posted on a YouTube channel associated with the FSA’s 1st Coastal Brigade. The helicopter is said to have been on a search mission for the pilots of the Su-24 jet downed by Turkey in Syria.
BGM-71 TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) is one of the most widely used anti-tank guided missiles, which has been produced in the US since the 1970s.According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the militants stuck the helicopter with an anti-tank missile.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA), considered to be the so-called “moderate opposition” by the West, has received US Tow missiles among other weaponry.
The missile has an operational range of up to 4,200 meters and an armor penetration of between 600 and 800 millimeters depending on the model.
The Russian General Staff confirmed that one of the Mi-8 helicopters taking part in the search and rescue operation for the pilots of the downed Russian Su-24 jet, has been damaged as a result of shelling.
A Russian marine was killed in the incident, while the rest of the crew and servicemen on board were evacuated to Russia’s Hmeymim Airbase in Syria, it said.
Two helicopters were participating in the search and rescue operation, the Russian General Staff added.
During a press conference at the White House, President Barack Obama said: “And if Russia is directing its energies towards Daesh and ISIL, some of those conflicts, or potentials for mistakes or escalation, are less likely to occur.”
This is according to “remarks” posted on the White House’s main website following the conference.ONE OF 2 RUSSIAN PILOTS SHOT DOWN BY TURKEY PICKED UP BY SYRIAN ARMY – RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE.