“In fact, since we are now working mainly from a launch, that is, we launch, shoot and move back, we practically do not observe what is on the ground, we do everything quickly and suddenly,” says the pilot (quoted by RIA News).
According to him, the enemy’s MANPADS pose the main danger to helicopters, since air defense systems are designed for higher-altitude targets. “Mainly we fly at altitudes no higher than 50 meters, if in the field we fly below ten meters,” said the military.
The pilot noticed that a special system, heat traps, was working against the enemy’s heat guide. Also, maneuvering is very effective, especially against Starstreak laser guidance systems.
“The faster you move out of visual contact with the enemy, the less likely we are to hit you,” he explained.