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Yokel

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I would have thought that sniping from a helicopter would be a very specialised skill.

It is. The Royal Marines and the RAF Regiment have both got that capability. Both were deployed in London during the period of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics They would have used naval and Army Lynx, or PAF Pumas, as a patform..
 

RaiderBoat

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And from over here in Yankland, our US Coast Guard has “snipers” on the HITRON Birds.
“Heave to! (Wokka Wokka) Blam! .50 in the engine of those pesky Cartel boats.

And we do have Law Enforcement “sniper” capabilities with a few agencies across the US. One CA Sheriffs Office had quite the run shooting fleeing cars trying to escape across the desert... Awesome.
 

Yokel

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And from over here in Yankland, our US Coast Guard has “snipers” on the HITRON Birds.
“Heave to! (Wokka Wokka) Blam! .50 in the engine of those pesky Cartel boats.

And we do have Law Enforcement “sniper” capabilities with a few agencies across the US. One CA Sheriffs Office had quite the run shooting fleeing cars trying to escape across the desert... Awesome.

The US Coast Gaurd are sort of military - not only do they have national security roles but they deploy to places like the Middle East. There snipers take boat engines out the same way as Royal Marine maritime snipers.

I sometimes wonder if the Police could disable fleeing criminals by putting a large calibre round through the engine block. Probably not - too many things to go wrong.
 
Have Police helicopter ever been used as platforms for Snipers? During the London Olympics virtually every armed Police Officer was sent to the Olympic sites, but the helicopter borne snipers were military ones who would have fired from military helicopters.

I am pretty certain that in the UK the Police are not allowed to travel in military helicopters.
Yep the LAPD ASTRO (Air Support To Regular Officer) Homeland Security DiviSion was established year or two after 9/11. Their AS350B2 Astar helicopters equipped with Tyler mounts so that SWAT officers would be strapped on , fly constant patrols over the city of angels for rapid response. Anyhow here are my photos of their Astar and sniper rifle at Heli Expo 2012 in Dallas.

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Said gentleman whose the FLIR Systems tech rep showing me the optics of the SWAT piece of kit, is an army Aviation reservist and Afghan veteran. He speaks highly of working with us lot especially AAC over in the Sand pit.

Aerial sniping is a skill perfected and found tis way with US airborne Law enforcement agencies be it sheriff, police, post 911.

Also with a lot of European police forces such as Austrian Flugpolizei, French Gendamarie, Belgian Gendamarie, German bundespolizei , Italian Carabinieri, Polizia di Stato etc

cheers
 
And from over here in Yankland, our US Coast Guard has “snipers” on the HITRON Birds.
“Heave to! (Wokka Wokka) Blam! .50 in the engine of those pesky Cartel boats.

And we do have Law Enforcement “sniper” capabilities with a few agencies across the US. One CA Sheriffs Office had quite the run shooting fleeing cars trying to escape across the desert... Awesome.

They started program in 98/99 with the Md900 Explorer dubbed MH-90 Enforcer then leased several AgusaWestland AW109E Power as MH-68 Stingray then few years later went back to MH-65C/D/E Dolphins. Couple stationed at Washington National Airport to protect the Capitol / air intercept of light a/c.


cheers
 
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RaiderBoat

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The US Coast Gaurd are sort of military - not only do they have national security roles but they deploy to places like the Middle East. There snipers take boat engines out the same way as Royal Marine maritime snipers.

I sometimes wonder if the Police could disable fleeing criminals by putting a large calibre round through the engine block. Probably not - too many things to go wrong.
We would if we could...but it’s racist and privileged to disable a car. It denies the family the ability to go to work, buy food, steal TVs, etc...
 
I would have thought that sniping from a helicopter would be a very specialised skill.
In the bad old days, observers carried THAT rifle with Singlepoint sight and catcher bag for the brass. Until it was banned under the Geneva convention of course...
 

Nemesis44UK

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Theres two different forces here

Polis

Jandarma

Jandarma has recently painted some of its Blackhawks and AB-205 / UH-1H in white,red blue but rest of fleet is dark camou, likewise with their MI17.

But having an attack helo in white and blue and red is not ideal considering they be operating around the mountain regions not over likes of Istanbul or Ankara.

Cheers

My bold: How much crime would be perpetrated in these regions that you'd need an attack helicopter?
 
I would have thought that sniping from a helicopter would be a very specialised skill.

Pretty much impossible. AIUI, sniping is sneaky beaky stuff infiltrating the target on the sly (not in a noisy ugly shaky thing), shooting from cover then bimbling off into the shateen while those in the killing zone try to figure out what happened.

Shooting from a helo as a marksman at short range is something entirely different. The platform is not stable enough to be much good at any kind of distance and the downwash is quite turbulent and will degrade single aimed shots. It's possible they may have a point hanging a BFO GPMG out the door on a bit of string and blatting away rather than getting all cosy on the floor trying to shoot the tab out of a squirrel's lips.

ETA: Just clocked Raven's post re stabilised platform for the marksman. Nice bit of kit. Taking out engine blocks and large materiel targets not a bad plan but once again, it's unlikely they'd be going for distance records. Few hundred metres from a noisy platform with unpredictable airflow. I'm not sure they'd consistently take on anything over a thousand metres that wasn't the size of a medium car.
 
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