The Helicopters That Made the U.S. Army’s ISIS Raid Possible

The helicopters that took part in this weekend’s raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid were from an elite U.S. Army helicopter unit created to transport American commandos on high risk missions. The MH-60 and MH-47 helicopters were from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, also known as the ?Night Stalkers.?

Since their inception in the early 1980s, the Night Stalkers have participated in a number of high profile missions, including the attempted capture of Somali warlord Mohammad Farah Aidid chronicled in ?Black Hawk Down? and the killing of Osama bin Laden.


Jumping into algorithmic warfare: US Army aviation tightens kill chain with networked architecture

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. ? In the skies above China Lake, California, from the back of an MH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter, an operator with a tablet takes control of a Gray Eagle drone and tasks it with firing a small, precision-glide munition at an enemy target located on the ground. But at the last second, a higher level threat is detected and the munition is rapidly redirected toward a different threat, eliminating it within seconds.

This was made possible through the architecture, automation, autonomy and interfaces capability, or A3I, built by the Army?s Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team under Army Futures Command.