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  • #16
    Originally posted by The real Jack View Post
    To provide a limited amount of covering fire for the section getting in or out. They would also provide a small self defence capability versus people on the groung with RPG's etc.
    I think he ment whats the point in having them on the helis if there not going to be deployed.
    Im Ron Burgendy??

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    • #17
      And FLIR!
      Everyone who's ever loved you was wrong.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by The real Jack View Post
        And FLIR!
        got me! Although FLIR would have a use for ops (other than SAR) at home,
        convoy escorts etc. GPMGs dont except for aerial firepower (HA!) demostratons,
        and looking Gucci in recruiting videos!
        Last edited by tonyrdf; 18 May 2007, 19:30.
        Im Ron Burgendy??

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        • #19
          Originally posted by The real Jack View Post
          And FLIR!
          FLIR is useful in daylight too. Cuts through Fog - Smoke etc. Seems a bit much if they're going to buy a Heli like the AW139 and only use it during the day in clear weather!
          "The Question is not: how far you will take this? The Question is do you possess the constitution to go as far as is needed?"

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          • #20
            Lads,
            Heli 101 class: unless the heli has deicing equipped rotors, it cannot fly into known icing (the average winter day in Ireland generates such weather) but it can fly in rain, fog, low cloud and into cloud, as long as they have the ability to land back at base (instrument approaches). Possessing NVE and FLIR allows them to operate off-base in bad weather and not depend on airport-based beacons to land. NVE is fine but the loss rate in training is very high (see US Army for details) as NVE makes depth perception very difficult and is no proof against wires and masts, which proliferate in Ireland.Give the AC pilots time to get used to their aircraft and let them get familiar with NVE/FLIR in low-level ops over protected(screened for masts, wires, obstacles) ground first.I'd imagine the Bosses are anxious to avoid another Dauphin-style disaster.
            regards
            Gttc

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