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Night Stalker - Minigun

MH-47 minigun gunner
image sourced from public domain | U.S. Army Photo

Wearing a Gentex HGU-56/P helicopter aircrew helmet, a Night Stalkers operator mans a M134 minigun at a firing port in a MH-47 Chinook helicopter.

The Minigun is typically mounted at the firing points, just aft of the cabin, left and right.

The M134mm is an air-cooled, 6-barreled gatling gun with an effective range of 1000 meters.

It is carried on all armed Night Stalker helicopters.

The weapon can lay down a high volume of 7.62mmx51mm fire, ideal for suppressing large areas as the helicopters takeoff and land from LZs.

One downside of the M134 is that it is electrically-operated and relies on the aircraft's power system to drive it.

In the event of a power failure on the helo, the miniguns would be useless dead weight.

Many MH-47s carry a set of M240 belt-fed machine guns that are mounted at aft firing ports.

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