Afghanistan troops to get new helicopter gunfire defence

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  1. Afghanistan troops to get new helicopter gunfire defence to save lives

    British and American helicopters on the frontline in Afghanistan are to be fitted with new technology to pinpoint enemy gunfire that could save hundreds of troops' lives.

    By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
    Last Updated: 7:44PM GMT 16 Jan 2009

    Dozens of helicopters have been shot down by small arms fire in Afghanistan and Iraq but the new Hostile Fire Indicator will be a major advance in protecting the aircraft.
    Using noise reduction systems and special acoustic and direction finding equipment the HFI senses muzzle flashes for machine gun fire and possibly rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and computes the bearing the threat has come from.
    A cockpit display gives the pilot the enemy's precise location allowing him either to take evasive action or to return fire.
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  2. Andy_S

    Andy_S LE Book Reviewer

    HAVE dozens of helicopters been shot down by gunfire in Afghan?

    I know the Americans have lost a few (eg at Tora Bora, and the famous incident of the SEAL team reaction squad) but the British...?
  3. All this while a bullet is speeding towards you, amazing!
  4. Buy shares in Chinese firecracker companies now...
  5. I thought we were avoiding ground fire by not having any helicopters in the first place.....
  6. But not new. In NI we also had bullet detectors fitted to sangars and vehicle and it was called CLARIBEL.