I know this is more for the side scuttlers, but can any fly boys on here settle one for me? I was nattering to a mate about our time in Bos last year, and we got onto the subject of the Merlin we had a trip in. Very comfy, bags of leg room, bit swish, satnav as standard, leather upholstery etc. It struck me though, that the crab loady geezer had been going on and on in the bar later on about his gpmg capabilities. WTF is a squillion quids worth of unarmoured helicopter doing getting close enough to the baddies for a gimpy to be of use? Haven't we got better kit for that sort of thing? Shouldn't the big choppers be keeping out of harms way rather than trading tracer with some infidel - hating loony? Or was he bigging up the offensive ops. thing, and it's really just a last ditch defensive capability? Ta very much for any sensible answers.