Tag Archives: MI-35 Helicopter

Exposed: Secrets of the 1998 – 2000 Air War Between Ethiopia and Eritrea

By TesfaNews,

The following ESAT interview with a former Ethiopian captain and trainer will shed some lights into the relatively intensive and devastating air warfare between Eritrea and Ethiopia in the summer of 1998 and late spring 2000. What really happened when Ethiopia unilaterally authorized the bombing of Asmara air force base on June 5th, 1998 with two MIG 23BNs? Continue reading Exposed: Secrets of the 1998 – 2000 Air War Between Ethiopia and Eritrea

U.S. Donates One Used Military Transport Aircraft to Ethiopia

A Double-Edged Assistance

By The Reporter,

THE US government has donated a C-130E Hercules military transport aircraft to the Ethiopian Air Force.  Reliable sources told The Reporter that the Ethiopian Air Force has acquired the aircraft that was being operated by the US Air Force.

Sources said the USAF-130E recently entered service with No 15 squadron at Ethiopian Air Force main airbase in Bishoftu town, Oromia Regional State. Continue reading U.S. Donates One Used Military Transport Aircraft to Ethiopia

ESAT Established Contact With Defected Ethiopian Helicopter Pilots

ESAT established its first contact with the three defected high profile Ethiopian Air Force MI-35 Helicopter pilots after its staff members, Mesay Mekonen and Fasil Yenealem returned from their three weeks Eritrea mission

By TesfaNews,

THE Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) today reports that it has established its first contact with the three Ethiopian Air Force pilots who defected last month to a third country [Eritrea] with their MI-35 Helicopter gunship.

Captain Samuel Ghidey, Lieutenant Yililign Mekonen and technician Tsegabrhan Ghidey told ESAT that they are safe and in good condition since they arrived in the country. Continue reading ESAT Established Contact With Defected Ethiopian Helicopter Pilots

Elections and Helicopter – an Ethiopian Drama

Fair and free elections do not happen while our helicopter is sitting in Asmara (LOL). Otherwise, hell will freeze over if the margin of victory for the TPLF is less than the previous 99.6 percent.

By Yilma Bekele,

I AM thinking you must have read my last report on Ethiopian helicopters that made an unauthorized trip to Eritrea. I felt I left the story hanging out there and it is not just fair to my readers not having a closure on the subject.

To start with the most time consuming and important issue being discussed is the coming election. The TPLF regime has been considering and the parliament discussing polices that would make the coming election run ‘smoothly and peacefully’ in the words of Dawit Kebede of Awramba Times. They have taken some measures to make that happen. Continue reading Elections and Helicopter – an Ethiopian Drama

Implications of the Continued High Level Defections from Ethiopian Air Force

DEFECTION. The limits of reliance and tight control over coercive state institutions

By Sokore Waqo,

THE recent defection of Ethiopian Air Force crew with MI-35 helicopter has sent shockwaves to the corridors of power in Addis Ababa.

The ruling elites are increasingly displaying pugnacious behavior. They lashed out at the pilot, labeling him a “traitor” and they lambasted Ethiopia’s enemies (which the Defense Ministry statement referred to as Shaebia’s agents and mercenaries) for conspiring to destabilize the country and presumably being involved in the defection covertly. Continue reading Implications of the Continued High Level Defections from Ethiopian Air Force

Another Ethiopian Air Force Pilot Defects and Joined Armed Struggle

TURMOIL. A series of defection scandal hit the Ethiopian Air Force hard in recent times both in terms of qualified man power as well as inventory of military aircraft

By TesfaNews,

ANOTHER wave of defection today hit the troubled Ethiopian Air Force once again as another military aircraft pilot have abandoned the regime and joined one of the armed opposition forces in exile.

The Amsterdam based Ethiopian Satellite Television ESAT, however, refrained from mentioning his name for safety reason but promised to report about it in detail very soon. Continue reading Another Ethiopian Air Force Pilot Defects and Joined Armed Struggle