Fact Check: Game Video Goes Viral As Russian Copter Being Shot Down

A video is being shared on social media, claiming that a Russian helicopter being shot down.

The video was shared with the caption: “Direct hit from MANPADS destroyed Russian helicopters”

Here’s the link to the above post.


When NewsMobile fact-checked the post, it was found to be fake.

We extracted the keyframes of the video and put them through a Reverse Image Search. The search led us to the same video which was uploaded on YouTube with the title: “Direct hit from MANPADS destroyed Russian helicopters one by one | ARMA 3: Milsim

A similar video was also uploaded by different YouTube channels with the title: “3 Attack Helicopters shot down by MANPANDS | Ka-52’s Hit | ARMA 3: Milsim.” The links can be seen here and here.

Based on the description, we ran a keyword search and found that ARMA 3 is an open-world, realism-based, military tactical shooter video game, developed and published by Bohemia Interactive.

NewsMobile has debunked similar posts earlier. The article can be seen here and here.

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Hence, based on the above information, it is evident that the video is of a clip from a game and not actual footage of Russian helicopters being shot.

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