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First Person - KA-52 Lobbing High Angle Unguided Munitions

Published April 30, 2022

Footage taken from cameras mounted all around a Russian KA-52 shows the use of unguided munitions in a high-angle fire technique. We've seen this done several times throughout the current conflict.


This is some actual decent footage coming out of the Russian Ministry of Defense. It shows the use of unguided munitions being used to strike targets towards the maximum effective range of the KA-52's rocket pods. Several times we've seen the Russians use this tactic as a safeguard for their attack helicopters against the surface-to-air missile threats they've been facing from the Ukrainians. This is the best look we've gotten at the tactic so far, and the Russian MoD has even confirmed that they are using this to extend their KA-52s towards their maximum range.


We're looking at a pretty insane tactic here, and I doubt it's one you would see most other countries using regularly. The risk of these rockets going astray on their way towards the intended target is simply too great. Collateral damage could easily be caused by any of these rockets leaving the attack helicopter, even if the math is done perfectly by the helicopter's crew.


josh brooks

Published April 30, 2022

Footage taken from cameras mounted all around a Russian KA-52 shows the use of unguided munitions in a high-angle fire technique. We've seen this done several times throughout the current conflict.


This is some actual decent footage coming out of the Russian Ministry of Defense. It shows the use of unguided munitions being used to strike targets towards the maximum effective range of the KA-52's rocket pods. Several times we've seen the Russians use this tactic as a safeguard for their attack helicopters against the surface-to-air missile threats they've been facing from the Ukrainians. This is the best look we've gotten at the tactic so far, and the Russian MoD has even confirmed that they are using this to extend their KA-52s towards their maximum range.


We're looking at a pretty insane tactic here, and I doubt it's one you would see most other countries using regularly. The risk of these rockets going astray on their way towards the intended target is simply too great. Collateral damage could easily be caused by any of these rockets leaving the attack helicopter, even if the math is done perfectly by the helicopter's crew.


josh brooks

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