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Falklands War Gazelles with improvised MG mounts?
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Since this section has been booming with activity( mostly thanks to our dedicated admin) I was hoping someone would know about a certain armament kit for the Gazelle developed during the Falklands War. It included GPMG mounts made from swiveling office chairs.

Hoping for some decent pics too.



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Interesting. Do you know if they saw action or were they just experimentals?



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No clue. I remember reading about this quirky little kit mod on a forum a while back, which I have no recollection of.



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Reviving this one for a thought that crossed my mind. They might have actually been Scouts or Argentine Alouette IIIs which have better provisions for door guns.



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Gazelles in the French Army 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment have door mounted Dillon Aero M134D miniguns so why not?



-- Edited by Leela25 on Sunday 10th of May 2020 06:50:38 PM

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Hi retroistic, maybe SA.341B AH.1 XX412 of 3 CBAS? Photos are from ABPic and the other is unknown.



-- Edited by KQstardust on Sunday 10th of May 2020 11:57:43 PM

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Thanks, that could be one of them! Do you happen to know the story behind it?

By the way I'm not sure if the kit was developed beyond a single example or not, I don't have records in front of me specifying the number of Gazelles operated during that time or of which squadrons flew them. IIRC there were several armament kits being tried on Gazelles back then so obviously it makes researching specific ones to be a tedious task.



-- Edited by retroistic on Monday 11th of May 2020 04:37:16 PM

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Hi again, not just several but many thousands as some books have said! I think 'impossible' trumps the word 'tedious' here ha ha!

The 656 Squadron Army Air Corps operated six Westland AH.1 Scouts and six Westland AH.1 Gazelles. 3 CBAS operated nine Gazelles and six scouts, with some of these same machines also used by Army Air Corps. This is a list of the Gazelles that I can find;

XX377: armed with SNEB rocket launchers (maybe cabin machine gun also?) Destroyed by friendly fire from the HMS Cardiff.

XX402: armament not found (same as the XX411?) Was flying escort for Sea Kings with XX411, then hit by enemy fire and destroyed, after searching for the remains of XX411 and crashed into a hill.

XX411: armed with cabin L44A1 GPMG and SNEB rocket launchers. Hit by enemy fire and destroyed, after crashing into water and sunk.

XX412: armed with cabin L44A1 GPMG and SNEB rocket launchers. Hit by enemy fire and damaged but made it back to the RFA Sir Galahad for repairs and continued service.

XX492: armed with cabin L44A1 GPMG and SNEB rocket launchers. Hit by enemy fire and destroyed after crashing upside-down.

 

The 22 SAS Regiment also used two Gazelles and four Agusta A.109s. Two of these A.109s were captured Argentinian machines.



-- Edited by KQstardust on Wednesday 13th of May 2020 09:10:56 PM

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