|High altitude holding station. Waiting for orders.|
Our first mission was to conduct an attack on a suspected insurgent roadblock on one of the bridges across the Kura River. Our flight was composed of two Ka-50s and the flight plan had us flying at high altitude to avoid insurgent air defenses, waiting for target data from the mission commander.
|Target acquisition and mission command was in charge of a Ka-27. This setup served us very well during the Chechen War.|
Unfortunately, this time the Ka-27 proved useless to acquire targets. Mission command cleared us for closing in and develop the situation.
|Making use of the powerful navigational system of the Ka-50, I punched the coordinates of the bridge where the insurgent roadblock was reported.|
|The TV-based Shkval targeting system has a magnification power enough to single out infantry (small dots on the near side of the river) from a distance of 13.2 km.|
|I decided to conduct a medium altitude, high speed gun run to get an idea of the air defenses at the insurgent's disposal. I overrode the firing control system in order to use the gun at a very long range.|
|Right after we broke from our attack run, the insurgents fired IR-guided portable missiles. Likely Stingers. I got hit and lost hydraulic power shorty after the missile's impact.|
|My wingman stayed near my position long enough to transmit all the details about my position to our airbase in Mineralnye Vody.|
- Inadequate countermeasures deployment. I programmed my flares to be deployed too many and two spaced (1 burst of three flares each side every four seconds).
- We could have used the high depression capability of the main gun to conduct the attack run from a higher altitude.