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.
Then the trucks with ammo arrive.
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.
Those are missile boxes.
And those are the cannon ammo.
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.
However Dmitry says sometimes people cross the line by accident.
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.
Then missiles are loaded, it’s an easy job which is handled by one person.
However loading the ammo into cannons is much more complicated and takes more time.
After the ammo is loaded into special ribbons, it’s then lubricated with oil.
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.
Can you guess what’s being mounted here?
Those are GoPros!
“Helicopter is loaded” sticker being placed after the job is done.
In the morning the engines are started with the help of those trucks and then they let them run for some time.