US-Donated Mi-17 Helicopter Firing Rockets at Russian Troops, Zaporozhye

This short clip depicts a pair of Ukrainian Mi-17 (NATO Designator: HIP) helicopters delivering a rocket payload in the Zaporozhye region. While this is not particularly novel, as Mi-17s on both sides of the conflict typically work in pairs using this "pitch-up" delivery technique, what is worthy of note is that one of these Hips was originally an American purchase intended for the Afghanistan military. A fleet of sixteen Mi-17s was repurposed for Ukraine in Spring of last year.


An improved version of the Mi-8, also designated Hip, the Mi-17 represents an economical attack and transport aircraft, which, like the Afghan military, the Ukrainians already utilize. Therefore, to cut down on training and maintenance costs, the US-purchased Hips were an ideal donation to Ukraine.

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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This short clip depicts a pair of Ukrainian Mi-17 (NATO Designator: HIP) helicopters delivering a rocket payload in the Zaporozhye region. While this is not particularly novel, as Mi-17s on both sides of the conflict typically work in pairs using this "pitch-up" delivery technique, what is worthy of note is that one of these Hips was originally an American purchase intended for the Afghanistan military. A fleet of sixteen Mi-17s was repurposed for Ukraine in Spring of last year.


An improved version of the Mi-8, also designated Hip, the Mi-17 represents an economical attack and transport aircraft, which, like the Afghan military, the Ukrainians already utilize. Therefore, to cut down on training and maintenance costs, the US-purchased Hips were an ideal donation to Ukraine.

About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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