Hi everyone! This is the first part of a two part series covering some of the helicopters that were in use during a brief Slovenian war of independence that lasted from 27th June until 7th July 1991.
The jet action that took place during the short period of flight was limited mainly to ground strikes using local build J-21 Jastreb and J-22 Orao attack aircraft and MiG-21s as well as at least one MiG-29 sortie.
Helicopters saw more action and as the two main types that were used in the conflict are also present in the DCS World, here’s my tribute to those days, which I still clearly remember.
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NOTICE: Yugoslav People’s Army or better said its aviation branch Yugoslav Military Aviation and Aircraft Defense used Mi-8T, while the DCS models Mi-8MTV2 (better known as Mi-17). There are several differences, the main being different length of engine intakes and the tail-rotor being on different side.
On the first day of hostilities, newly created Slovenian government informed Yugoslav People’s Army leadership, that they will shoot down helicopters, if they will be violating its airspace. It seemed that the military leadership did not take the threat seriously and the result was a Mi-8T ‘Hip’ transport helicopter shot down with a Strela-2M (SA-7 Grail) MANPAD near the town of Ig, just a few kilometers out of Ljubljana capital.
Remains of the Mi-8T 408 shot down over Barje near Ig.
On 3rd of July 1991 fighting continued and was particularly heavy in the North-Eastern part of Slovenia near Radenci. I have no proof that the helicopter in question was part of the relief forces for the Yugoslav forces, it would seem the most logical though. The helicopter developed mechanical problem during flight and had to make an emergency landing not far from Radenci.
After the 205 made an emergency landing, the Slovenian Territorial Defense forces seized the airframe and marked it with patriotic slogans – Slovenija, samostojna TO (Independent Territorial Defense), Vrček on fuel tanks (barrel). Also the logos of TO and Triglav (Slovenia’s highest mountain and national symbol) were painted as well as Slovenian roundels, which were probably last used on General Maister’s aircraft that fought in 1919 for Slovenian Northern border again Austrian forces.
The helicopter was deemed unsuitable for use in the future Slovenian armed forces and was handed over to Yugoslav Army, which transported it back to Belgrade for repairs in mid August 1991.