A modified UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, the MH-60L Direct Action Penetrator (DAP) is a gunship operated by the US Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), or the 'Nightstalkers'. The DAP would not normally carry troops. Instead, it is used to provide close air support and escort for US special operations helicopters and ground troops.
The MH-60L is a highly upgraded UH-60 Blackhawk. Additions includes a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) camera and terrain-following radar, upgraded transmission and a host of defensive countermeasures. These souped-up Blackhawks need all this extra kit to carry out the demanding and dangerous missions asked of them.
MH-6OL DAP FEATURES
A number of weapons can be attached to the helicopter via the external stores support system (esss), allowing for rapid reconfiguration to meet specific mission demands. Common lloadouts include rocket pods, M230 30mm chain guns, AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles,and trainable 7.62mm miniguns. Integrated fire control systems and a head-up-display (HUD) allow the crew to aim the weapons.
MH-60L DAPs have seen combat in Iraq, where their diverse weapons load and advanced sensors make them ideal for engaging insurgents.
MH-60L DAP Specifications
The MH-60L DAP's nose houses the Raytheon AN/AAQ-16 FLIR pod (lower) & AN/APQ-174B terrain-following radar (above)
AH-60L DAP configured with M230 30mm chain guns, M-134 Miniguns and FFAR rockets.
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mh-60l dap firing rockets
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mh-60l dap combat footage
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