Ukraine Scores First Hit with ‘Iconic’ SAAB RBS 70 Laser Guided MANPAD, Taking Down Russian Chopper

August 17th’s morning brought significant activity for the Ukrainian air defense, as they successfully targeted and destroyed two highly sophisticated Russian Ka-52 Alligator helicopters. One incident occurred near Robytyne in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, and the other took place near Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast. Notably, one of Ka-52 Alligator helicopters was taken down by the 47th Mechanized Brigade using a Swedish RBS-70 MANPAD. The deployment of the RBS-70 MANPAD, which has been captured on video, marks the first visible confirmation of Ukraine employing this system in combat.

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