Russia’s Mi-24P “Hind” attack helicopters are now operating over Syria, as clearly shown in new videos. They showed up in force with intermediate level bombing with dumb-bombs and whipping around at a couple dozen feet above the ground, popping flares and firing on, well, something, with rockets and cannon fire.
The use of attack helicopters, especially in broad daylight and at low-level over hostile areas, may very well backfire on Russia. The more effective these helicopters are the more demand there will be for backers of Syrian rebels to provide man portable air defense systems (MANPADS). If MANPADS are introduced widely to the war, they could make these types of operations very dangerous for Russia.