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The Dope in the DAP

16 September 2019

DAP ≡ Direct Action Penetrator—one bad ass Black Hawk

The primary reason for the DAP is its refueling probe allowing for extended range and loiter time —©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

The 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment) is tasked with many covert and dangerous mission profiles so a heavily armed helicopter isn’t a surprising possession. But why not use AH-64 Apache since it has most of the same arms capability (30mm chain gun, 2.75″ rocket pods, Hellfire missiles, Stinger missiles) as this modified UH-60L Black Hawk though the DAP can also bring 7.62mm miniguns to the fight? Well…miniguns aside it’s not about the armament but the refueling probe—which Apaches do not possess. Range and loiter time become greatly enhanced, with in-flight refueling, allowing for mission planning that can absorb on-the-fly change ups as well as deep penetration profiles. This DAP, “Razors Edge”, is on exhibit in the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.

“Razors Edge”—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

A 30mm chain gun (outboard) and a 7.62mm minigun are mounted on the co-pilot’s side—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

The DAP’s left side profile detail (note the main cabin’s volume has largely been taken up by ammunition storage)—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

The pilot’s position of the Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk DAP (note how the minigun muzzle blast must be even with the pilot’s shoulder which must be quite dramatic in use)—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

A 19 shot 2.75″ rocket pod (outboard) and a 7.62mm minigun are mounted on the pilot’s side—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

The DAP right profile, looking purpose-built to the nth degree—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography





2 Comments leave one →
  1. Terry Welshans permalink
    16 September 2019 10:33

    One bad a$$ helicopter there. I grew up with the old 2.75 rockets on Huey and Cobra helicopters. These new Hydra 70 rockets on this bird have all the targeting and sensors necessary for precision delivery. I would hate to be on the wrong end of this guy. Great photos!

  2. shortfinals permalink
    16 September 2019 14:37

    Savage! Utterly savage………

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