Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

If helicopter guns can shoot all their ammo stock in just a few seconds, loading the ammo into them might take much more time. Here Dmitry Chuchkin has visited the airfield “Baltimor” to see how the Mi-28 and Ka-52 Russian copters are prepared before going to the drill. The story is inside. Don’t forget to click on the photos you like – they expand to widescreen ones.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Then the trucks with ammo arrive.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Trucks go one by one to each copter and unload two crates of ammo. The smaller box has ammo for 30-mm helicopter cannon, the larger one has missiles.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Those are missile boxes.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

And those are the cannon ammo.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Before doing anything with ammo, a red flag is planted in front of the helicopter restricting anyone from passing in front of the cannons as there have been occasions when people were hurt.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

However Dmitry says sometimes people cross the line by accident.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

For this drill each copter gets twenty rounds of ammo for its guns – the armor-piercing tracer and high-explosive types of ammo – you can see they are different by their striped bullet cap.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Then missiles are loaded, it’s an easy job which is handled by one person.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

However loading the ammo into cannons is much more complicated and takes more time.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

After the ammo is loaded into special ribbons, it’s then lubricated with oil.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

This small ribbon weighs ten pounds, and it is just a fraction of how much more ammo can fit into the cannons, however larger ribbons are much heavier.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Can you guess what’s being mounted here?

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Those are GoPros!

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

“Helicopter is loaded” sticker being placed after the job is done.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

In the morning the engines are started with the help of those trucks and then they let them run for some time.

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

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3 thoughts on “Loading Ammo into Helicopters”

  1. Imagine if those males spent their time on something more productive than playing with helicopters.
    They could have built several houses or good roads.

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