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Syrian Missiles No Match For Ukrainian Helicopters

"Motor Sich Akbar!!"
A Ukrainian company that makes helicopter engines has turned video footage of a helicopter surviving a missile strike in Syria into an advertising campaign.

In the video, Syrian rebels can be heard shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is great) as they hit a Syrian government helicopter with a ground-launched rocket.

But as the smoke clears, the Russian-made Mi-8 emerges still airborne. A title appears saying "Motor Sich Akbar" under the logo for Motor Sich, and then an invitation to see the firm's website for "more information about our helicopter engines."

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