Isos wrote:Most of the time it will carry manpads for self defence. Air cover will be made by fighters.
Russia rely more on air defence systems to protect its forces from those threats with tunguskas and shilkas.
Helicopters are very good to attack ground vehicle so they should be used for that.
Shilka and Tunguska are not designed for scouting or hunting UAV or helicopters and obviously lack mobility compared to a helicopter and and not suggesting that all helicopters are configured to this and I am not disputing helicopters effectiveness as ground attack role.
I actually think it wouldn't hurt to have 2-3 ka-52 armed in this manner as a QRF for base defence against UAV once detected helicopters deploy destroying UAV before they even reach base air defence systems it just adds another layer. Of if troops on the ground keep reporting drones in the area send helicopters out to hunt them down and destroy or the same roles could be applied to the Yak -130 2-3 stationed at base waiting for the call the Yak of course has the added advantage of speed and agility arm it with handful of missiles and guns and your sorted the guns themselves would do most of the destroying and an unarmed UAV could easily be flipped by yak -130 wings if it really needed to.