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A soldier shields himself from rotor wash as a U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow takes off from a field after picking up wounded Afghan National Army soldiers June 22, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Full photo set – HERE

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[youtube width=”560″ height=”340″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhIhZM0lA8Q[/youtube]

An armored, 4-door, 4-wheel drive, 6.0 turbo diesel truck capble of running on JP-8 and other military fuels. This Non-Standard Tactical Truck (NSTT) can be internally transported in a CH / MH 47 helicopter. Built from the ground-up with the intent of being armored and operating in unforgiving terrain, the NSTT can operate in any denied environment.

Looks like a capable truck, that’s for sure. The suspension looks to be a bit soft, especially on the track at the 1 minute mark.  I suppose they likely go with a standard style suspension and try to make it decent on most terrain, rather than a complex adjustable one that would be a pain to repair.

The big WTF point in the video is at 1:09 when two guys are in the truck taking live fire from an AK-47. Like Solomon mentioned in his post, why the hell would you do that?  I get the fact that you are confident in your product, but really?? Putting a camera inside would have sufficed.  I’m surprised those guys agreed to something so stupid.

Hat Tip: Solomon

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[youtube width=”560″ height=”340″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcqZKBJMNhI[/youtube]

Pretty crazy stuff… Not only did they land a helicopter on the top of containers on the ship, but they went in and took the pirates alive and confiscated their weapons. Badass!

One of the scariest parts of the video was at 1:50 the lead guy looks in the shattered window and decides it safe and continues on.  Then a few seconds later, the rest of his team has their guns pointed in there yelling at a pirate to get out.  Pretty tense when you have armed pirates sneaking around on there armed to the teeth.

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Yesterday when I reported on the leak of the video footage, for some reason I attached the edited video rather than the full one.  The edited video is more of a “highlights reel”.

Here is the full 40 minute unedited video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is9sxRfU-ik[/youtube]

I stayed out of the discussion on the previous post, and I’m going to do the same on this one.  I have no experience flying Apache helicopters, and no experience as a soldier, so anything I would write about this incident would be useless, and purely opinion based on my impression watching the video from a comfortable leather chair while sipping in iced tea.

Some documents released yesterday under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) relating to the incident:

Some pictures emailed to me which some of you might find humorous:

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WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people (July 12, 2007) in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0[/youtube]

Near the beginning of the video they talk about “guys with AK-47s” and “RPGs”, when the men in question are clearly carrying professional cameras.

More information at the WikiLeaks site – Collateral Murder

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A first person defense game set within the middle east conflicts. Defend a downed Black Hawk helicopter carrying vital intelligence. Buy and upgrade many different weapon configurations to neutralize the enemy more effectively.

That’s a screen shot of me rockin’ the G17 (I couldn’t afford the g18 at that point in the game).  There are a lot of great weapons to pick from, and the physics are great.

Play the game – HERE

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