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Bölkhow on the attack

2 May 2016

 

090429-N-2821G-139 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 29, 2009) A Mexican BO-105 Bolkow helicopter fires 2.75 inch high-explosive rockets at the ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) during the sinking exercise portion of UNITAS Gold. This year marks the 50th iteration of UNITAS, a multinational exercise that provides opportunities for participating nations to increase their collective ability counter illicit maritime activities that threaten regional stability. Participating countries are Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Peru, U.S. and Uruguay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)

A Mexican Navy BO-105 Bölkow helicopter strafes the ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) with heavy caliber machine gun pods during the sinking exercise portion of UNITAS Gold—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Alan Gragg

MBB (Messerschmitt-Bölkhow-Blohm), now owned by Airbus Helicopter, BO-105 making hot runs during training against a target vessel. The U.S. Army is purchasing descendants of these, as the UH-72 Lakota, for its light utility helicopter in an expedient move to improve logistics and free up UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for combat assignments.

090429-G-6464J-003 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 29, 2009) A Mexican BO-105 Bolkow helicopter fires 2.75 inch high-explosive rockets at the ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) in a sinking exercise that took place during UNITAS Gold. This year marks the 50th iteration of UNITAS, a multinational exercise that provides opportunities for participating nations to increase their collective ability counter illicit maritime activities that threaten regional stability. Participating countries are Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Peru, U.S. and Uruguay. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Seth Johnson/Released)

A Mexican Navy BO-105 Bölkow helicopter firing 2.75 inch high-explosive rockets at the ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) during the sinking exercise portion of UNITAS Gold—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Alan Gragg

090429-N-0000X-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 29, 2009) A Mexican BO-105 Bolkow helicopter fires 2.75 inch high-explosive rockets at the ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) during the sinking exercise portion of UNITAS Gold. This year marks the 50th iteration of UNITAS, a multinational exercise that provides opportunities for participating nations to increase their collective ability counter illicit maritime activities that threaten regional stability. Participating countries are Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Peru, U.S. and Uruguay. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Seth Johnson/Released)

A Mexican Navy BO-105 Bölkow helicopter’s 2.75 inch high-explosive rockets on their way to the ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) during the sinking exercise portion of UNITAS Gold—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Alan Gragg

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  1. 2 May 2016 03:35

    Very cool pictures.

    Just as a note, the UH-72 is a development of the Eurocopter EC-145. The EC-145 was developed from the MBB BK-117, itself a development of the BO-105.

    So, in the Lakota, the US Army is buying the BO-105’s grandchild.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      2 May 2016 09:02

      Thanks so much! It was a challenge to sort that out but you’ve made it very clear. And just in time for the next post which is on the Lakota 🙂

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