Rooivalk is a latest-generation attack helicopter from Denel Aviation of South Africa. The name Rooivalk is derived from the African word 'Red Falcon'. The South African Air Force (SAAF) ordered 12 Rooivalk AH-2As at a cost of R876m, the first of which entered into service in July 1999. The helicopters form part of No. 16 Squadron at Bloemspruit Air Force Base (near Bloemfontein).
It was a cool April morning and the Arctic Falcons of U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force were hard at work, as Chinooks, Blackhawks and Apaches checked systems in preparations for lift-off -- a typical day for Army aviation in Alaska.
The Pentagon is realizing that fighting in the frigid north may be more of a possibility than ever as Russia prepares its forces for sustained arctic operations. Now a handful of the US Army’s attack helicopters are getting optimized for this scenario, receiving skis, a pilot survival pod and being tested to see how they adapt to the extreme environment.
Russia says that its pullout from its air base in Syria will be complete in just two or three more days, but it is leaving behind a more potent attack helicopter force than what was ever there before. Both the Mi-28 and the KA-52 attack helicopters have been spotted around the base within the last 24 hours. Here’s why the Kremlin is upping its combat helicopter capability just as it is pulling its fixed wing fighter and attack aircraft.
When ISIS thought Russia was leaving Putin brought out the big guns - OMG. ISIS thought that they would have some breathing room between attacks. NOPE! Putin is following Donald J. Trump's advice and giving them NO MERCY!