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Apache Gun Footage From Afghanistan

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New UAV Could Be Patrolling Your Neighborhood Soon

From Danger Room:

Vanguard has already been awarded a multi-million dollar deal to use the robo-copters for anti-piracy missions in Africa, but its hopes for the little tasering robot soar much higher. It envisions the Shadowhawk helping out in everything from tactical night ops to arms trafficking surveillance, from oil rig inspections to perimeter security. Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel of Montgomery County Texas says he can’t wait to use it for SWAT callouts and narcotics raids.

Anyone who has seen the TV show Dark Angel should be concerned.

Vanguard Defense

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Helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills nine Western troops

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan —

“Nine Western service members died Tuesday in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, making this the deadliest year for NATO in the nine-year war.

Military officials did not immediately disclose the nationalities of the dead or say precisely where the crash happened. Two other Western troops, an Afghan soldier and an American civilian were injured, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

Combat deaths in June and July had spiked to the highest levels of the conflict. With Tuesday’s crash, according to icasualties.org, 529 members of the international force have been killed this year. The previous high was 2009, when 521 Western troops were killed, according to the website’s tally.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan-chopper-crash-20100921,0,6586947.story

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Reconnaissance SPIE Exercise

Marines from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit remain suspended from a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 162 (Reinforced) during a Special Purpose Insertion and Extraction exercise in Djibouti, March 24. Various non-infantry Marines received the opportunity to participate in the SPIE exercise for their first time. The 24th MEU Marines performed a series of sustainment and joint exercises alongside the French and Djiboutian military throughout their visit in Djibouti. The 24th MEU is currently on a seven month deployment aboard Nassau Amphibious Ready Group vessels as the theatre reserve force for Central Command. Photo by Sgt. Alex C. Sauceda

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173rd Airborne Brigade Soldiers arrive at Forward Operation Base Joyce

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrive to Forward Operation Base Joyce, Afghanistan in a CH-47D Chinook helicopter, Dec. 17, 2009 Photo by Sgt. Teddy Wade

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Running for Cover in Afghanistan

Petty Officer 3rd Class Simon Trujillo runs for cover as a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter prepares to take off during the air evacuation of an Afghan boy in the Nawa District of the Helmand province of Afghanistan, July 30.

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Aircraft worker sentenced to federal prison for selling defective bolts to military

Sikorsky CH-53E re-fueling

“SAN DIEGO — A judge has sentenced a San Diego County aircraft worker to two years in federal prison for selling the military defective bolts for its helicopters.

U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy says 57-year-old Joel H. Potter pleaded guilty and admitted he put troops at risk. He was sentenced Monday.

Duffy says the U.S. Department of Defense discovered the problem after a bolt’s head broke off as it was being installed on a Sikorsky CH-53E helicopter, prompting a worldwide alert to the Navy and Marine Corps.”

http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2010/06/28/4577889-calif-man-gets-prison-for-defective-military-bolts

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