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The helicopter was well out of RPG range

April 7, 2010

Wikileaks video: The helicopter was well out of RPG range. It was in no danger whatsoever, and the crew had to have known it. (self.reddit.com)

submitted 16 minutes ago by stickmanDave

Sorry to creat yet another thread about this, but i want to point out that self defense played absolutely no part in the attack shown in the recent wikileaks video. Anyone arguing that the pilot and crew of the helicopter thought they were about to come under attack is simply mistaken.

If you watch the video, you’ll note that the Apache’s shots are fired roughly 2 seconds before impacting on the target. Given that the M230 chain gun carried by the Apache has a muzzle velocity of 805 m/s (2,641 ft/s), that puts the helicopter about 1.6 KM, or one mile, from the target. That’s right at the edge of the cannon’s 1500m (1640 yd) effective range.

The absolute maximum range of an RPG 7 is 920m (1000 yards). If the Warhead doesn’t hit anything after traveling this far, it self detonates. The effective range of the weapon is much less; US army testing shows a hit rate of only 4% on a moving target at 500 m. It is inconceivable that the pilot and crew were unaware of the range and characteristics of the RPG. They were orbiting well out of range, and they knew it.

Anyone arguing that these soldiers were acting appropriately should remove “self defense” from their list of reasons. The fact that the helicopter was a mile away also counters the argument that the Iraqi’s were “acting foolishly given that at US helicopter was overhead” er whatsoever, and the crew had to have known it. (self.reddit.com)

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