Why the war in Ukraine may spell the end of helicopters

Helicopters have become one of the most vulnerable weapons of the Ukraine war, according to the severe losses of these devices.

Why the war in Ukraine may spell the end of helicopters

Helicopters have become one of the most vulnerable weapons of the Ukraine war, according to the severe losses of these devices. These vehicles have seen their attack capacity reduced and have been one of the biggest losers in the air battles that took place during the conflict.

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This is demonstrated by many videos published on social networks, which indicate the null capacity of these devices for the last combats that have taken place. In fact, since last February 24, the Russians have lost at least 42 helicopters, thus showing the disappointing attack of Russian aviation. For their part, the Ukrainians would have lost seven of these vehicles, according to the Oryx blog.

In a battle that has proven to be much more terrestrial than others, these armored devices have become a weapon that is highly exposed to enemy attacks. That is why many wonder: will the war in Ukraine mean the end of helicopters?

The arrival of drones in our lives has greatly influenced the possible fall of helicopters as weapons used in wars. These devices, in addition to being able to be controlled remotely and easily carry out assigned tasks, have many advantages in terms of price compared to these vehicles.

The limits of the air attacks of the Russian army have also shown the failure of the use of these flying devices in conflicts as raw as the one in Ukraine. This has been the case since the first day of the war, when the assault on Hostomel airport was foiled by the Ukrainians.

As explained by Joseph Henrotin, a researcher at the Institute of Comparative Strategy, this "Russian fiasco" was due to poor Russian work: "Before an air operation, it must be ensured that the sky is clear and that enemy anti-aircraft defenses have been eliminated. ».

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Despite these drawbacks, the experts recalled that, although helicopters are not a completely obsolete weapon in conflicts, these vehicles should never be used on their own, but should be coordinated with all military means.

Regarding the use of drones to replace these vehicles, they explain that they can be used to carry out missions such as reconnaissance. However, facing other types of missions related to the attack, they will most likely not be able to do everything because "it does not have the firepower of a helicopter".

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