Amazing Video of Helicopter Door Gunner vs Drone – Helicopter Door Gunner Shoots Down Drone in Mid-Air
Drones have become a security concern for the United States military. American troops had close calls with ISIS drones, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Dealing with drones has become a way for a lot of people to come up with ideas, like jammers that can send the drone running home, lasers that can burn the drones in midair, or ammo that can hunt drones.
But there is another way to handle a drone that is just as permanent, and which is already available to the troops on the frontlines.
Here is Video shows a helicopter door gunner shooting down a drone with his machine gun in mid-air during target practice.
All you need to handle the hostile is a Sikorsky H-60 airframe, and it really doesn’t matter whether it’s a UH-60 Blackhawk, an MH-60R/S Seahawk, or an Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk. Even a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk will do in a pinch.
The real key to taking out these drones is the M240, M2, or M3 machine gun that the door gunners use.
In a sense, these door gunners are acting like the old waist gunners on B-17 Flying Fortresses. Back then, those gunners needed training films that included the voice of Bugs Bunny. Seventy-five years later, though, the gunners can actually train against a target similar to what they are shooting. And with live ammo, too.
This low-tech solution may not work in all situations, but it is good to know that the US military does have these options in case it needs them. In the video below, you can see a door gunner at the US Navy Rotary Wing Weapons School get some very realistic training on how to deal with a hostile drone. Note the M240 that is used on this MH-60 Seahawk.