Uhhhh I think mortar would be difficult since it is more of an indirect infantry support weapon and would have to have the chopper flying right over it to hit it.kashifshahzad said::coffee I think they can be shot down with the morter or by continuous firing form a gun.
The problem is that it would be a very lucky situation to fire directly in to sensitive parts of the chopper through small arms and not getting toasted by the aircraft itself.Red aRRow said:Uhhhh I think mortar would be difficult since it is more of an indirect infantry support weapon and would have to have the chopper flying right over it to hit it.
Biggest threat has to be from RPGs and shoulder fired SAMs. Fire from small arms might bring it down if it hits some important part such as the rotor blades or the engine.
Hey isn't that an idea!! instead of targeting the heavily armoured body of the helicopter why not fire with small arms at the rotor blades of the chopper. What do you guys think??
Well not exactly 1/2 destroyed, I think if around 1/3 of it's wing's area is gone, then it can't fly much more.Attila said:I really don't think it is possible. As far as the deveopment of small arms fire goes vs. the development of strike aircraft and attack helicoptors, the odds of a man shooting down a plane/helicopter with even an AK is slim.
To put it into context, remember the scene in Flight of the Intruder where the copilot gets shot my a gentleman wielding a long barrel rifle?? The round penetrated the cockpit glass and fatally wounded him.
That being said, with todays titanium canopy's and other special metallurgies used to cover key components of any airframe, I consider it highly unlikely that small arms fire would take an AH-64 out.
Besides...A-10's come back to base 1/2 destroyed by anti-aircraft fire and tank shells...think a rifle is going to do something to it?? lol
The Big difference is that the F4 Phantom was not designed from the ground up to be able to withstand small arms and light cannon fire and the A10 and A64 were. The ats why A10 has rugged twin engine design and redundant controls and a titanum armor 'tub' for the cockpit. Apache was designed to withstand 23mm AP ammo.Pendekar said:The NVA have used the "small arms for air defence" concept extensively during the Vietnam war, and they manage to bring down significant number of Hueys with it. the larger the crowd, the better chance it have to bring down any aircraft. from what the NVA claim, they also manage to shot down 2 F-4 phantom with this tactics.