Jump! Jump! Jump! An Ukranian Army Aviation Mi-8 in action (Image © Ukrainian Ministry of Defence)

Ukrainian Hips go Jump!

One of the main assets of the Ukrainian Army Aviation, the Mil Mi-8, is currently engaged in large scale para-training on the Novomoskovsk range, close to the strategically located city of Dnepropetrovsk.

The 25 Dnepropetrovsk Airborne Brigade forces plan to execute about 1,500 jumps, with a fifth of those done by 4 December 2014. For many it was the first time to experience free fall before opening the shute.

Ukraine has about 20 to 40 of an official 72 Mi-8s (NATO-name Hip) transport helicopters and Mi-24 (NATO-name Hind) attack/assault helicopters available for transport, support and troop insertion. If funds will be available, about 120 currently mothballed choppers might make it back into the air. The Ukrainian Army Aviation rotary wing suffered substantially during the war against rebel forces supported by Russia in the east of the country.

Source: Ukrainian Ministry of Defence with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

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25 Dnepropetrovsk Airborne Brigade Forces boarding an Ukrainian Army Aviation Mi-8 (Image © Ukrainian Ministry of Defence)
25 Dnepropetrovsk Airborne Brigade Forces boarding an Ukrainian Army Aviation Mi-8 (Image © Ukrainian Ministry of Defence)
Jump! Jump! Jump! An Ukranian Army Aviation Mi-8 in action (Image © Ukrainian Ministry of Defence)
Jump! Jump! Jump! An Ukranian Army Aviation Mi-8 in action (Image © Ukrainian Ministry of Defence)