P-3 squadrons usually pick up most of their birds in theater and turn them over when they leave because weren't enough airframes suitable for the missions assigned after the great redstripe or the second one...Isn't that an Army thing? I thought all Navy units deployed with and brought their same aircraft home with them.
And it looks like Russia lied about it, to include the type of helo (it was likely a Russian Mi-35 instead of a Syrian Mi-25) and what shot it down (Russia claimed it was a US-made TOW but from the video that is highly unlikely).The Russians just lost a helo and crew in Syria - looks like it got hit in the tail rotor.
It's a legitimate tactic for Helos. We're slow as hell. Tanks can maintain good tracking solutions on us with their main guns. That video looks like the Hind had a rod ejection or ejecta debris from employing rockets hit his tail rotor. Those also do happen to us although they are very rare.Looks like what Brett said or a catastrophic failure. You can see a TOW, and I didn't see a TOW, and TOWs aren't very good at hitting a fast moving target.