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MH-60L Integrated Defensive Armed Penetrator (IDAP)

MH-60L Integrated Defensive Armed Penetrators (IDAP)
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A MH-60L IDAP (Integrated Defensive Armed Penetrator) helicopter flown by the Night Stalkers (160th SOAR(A)) pictured in flight.

The IDAP is employed as a direct action / close air support platform and is armed with an array of weapons such as forward-fixed miniguns, M230 30mm chain gun, FFAR rocket pods and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.

The MH-60L IDAP is based on the Sikorsky UH-60L helicopter's airframe.

A number of modifications to the aircraft's systems included the addition of an Armament System Processor Panel (ASPP), video recorder, dual Mono-Heads Up Display (HUD), upgrade to electrical system powering the miniguns and a MIL-STD-1760 Aircraft/Store Electrical Interconnection System.

The MH-60L IDAP features a night vision-compatible cockpit, AN/AAQ-16D AESOP FLIR, AN/APQ-174B Terrain Following Radar and AN/ARN-148 Omega/VLF navigation.

The IDAP carries a suite of sophisticated defensive systems that include the AN/ALE-47 Airborne Countermeasures Dispenser System, AN/ALQ-144 IR jammer, ALE-47, AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Set (MWS) and AN/AVR-2 Laser Detecting Set.

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