Courtesy of the “Nightstalkers“–the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, we bring you some absolutely beautiful Close Air Support provided by the Sikorsky MH-60L Direct Action Penetrator (DAP), as well as the AH-6 “Killer Egg” version of the MD-500E helicopter.
The SOAR is most well-known for its ability to insert and extract SOF units under any and all battlefield conditions, regardless of time of day or weather conditions, utilizing their highly-modified helicopters and piloting skill unmatched by any other rotary-wing unit in the world. They’re simply the best, and it’s no wonder their aircraft and skills are in such high demand.
That being said, their “attack” component is equally mind-boggling and badass in its ability to deliver ordnance in a variety of tasty calibers and effects, with devastating accuracy.
This video is appropriately titled “Shock and Awe,” showcasing the DAP and Little Bird delivering run after run of rockets and minigun fire on insurgent positions threatening a SOF unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In honor of the 240th Birthday of the United States Army, we wanted to take a moment to showcase the Big Green Machine’s tactical aviation capability.