A Russian military helicopter was shot down and both pilots killed over the Islamic State.
The Russians claim a US made TOW missile system was used.
According to Breitbart
Russia’s Ministry of Defense released the following statement:
“On July 8, Russian military pilot-instructors Evgeny Dolgin and Ryafagat Khabibulin, were conducting a calibration flight on a Syrian Mi-25 (export version of the Mi-24) helicopter loaded with ammunition in the province of Homs.”
Russia’s Interfax news agency cited a defense ministry source claiming the helicopter was brought down using an American TOW antitank missile system.
“According to reports, terrorists used the American TOW system to down the helicopter, which, having exhausted its ammunition, was on the course back to the base at an extremely low altitude,” the source was quoted as telling Interfax.
Below is a video of the tube launched, optically tracked, wire guided system used on tanks.
The model of helicopter is pictured in the banner.
It may be worth watching for possible Russian retaliation. They typically do not take well to losing military assets.
Below, actual footage of the Russian helicopter being shot down: