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What's in the backpack of an Apache helicopter pilot: a British officer tells

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What's in the backpack of an Apache helicopter pilot: a British officer tells

One of the most massive helicopters of our time is the American AH-64 Apache. This combat vehicle is now in service not only with the US Army, but also with the armies of countries such as the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, and Great Britain. In total for the entire history over 1,6 thousand units of Apache helicopters were produced. At the same time, the cost of the American rotorcraft is about $ 60 million (depending on the configuration with types of onboard equipment, weapons, etc.).


What's in the backpack of the pilot of the American Apache helicopter?


A British Army officer talks about this.

There is a flight helmet with sun protection glass, a microphone and a special system for displaying visual information. The system allows reading information in the direction in which the pilot's head is turned.

Apache helicopter pilot (called his name - John):

We are first of all soldiers, and only then - the crew. Therefore, we have weapon... This is the SA80 in a carbine version.

SA80 is a British-made small arms complex chambered for 5.56x45 mm NATO.

For aviation The crews of the SA80 variant are shorter than the classic assault rifle.

The next item as the contents of the backpack is a body armor. Also a spare weapon. It's a gun.
Also included is a special cutter.

Pilot:

It allows us to cut the retaining strap if we are suddenly stuck in the chair.

In the pilot's backpack there is a special bag, which contains something that can allow the crew to detect in the event of, for example, an emergency landing: a signal bomb with orange smoke, a heliograph (in fact, a mirror plate). This plate allows the search party to see the reflected beam of light at a distance of several tens of kilometers (up to 40 miles). Includes a special tape.



Also in the backpack of the pilot AH-64 Apache - a first-aid kit, a portable radio (radio station), a battery, a flashlight with a stroboscopic function to attract attention, a set of fasteners and belts (ropes).

In addition, the pilot demonstrated a warm jacket and a set of food in the form of dry rations.

The full set of contents of the British pilot's backpack is presented in the video.

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  1. Mouse
    Mouse 21 August 2020 17: 37
    +3
    what kind of pribluda is not there ... and everything is in a backpack ... if anything, they will have time to get it? recourse
  2. svp67
    svp67 21 August 2020 17: 40
    +5
    Joni is a pilot in the RAF. Such a backpack, as I understand it, is a personal element of the mandatory equipment of the AN-64 pilot with them, which is reasonable in principle. But is this the case in other NATO countries? And most importantly, during the flight, where is it stored? Will it be convenient to get it on a "hard" landing?
    1. Mouse
      Mouse 21 August 2020 17: 46
      +5
      It seems that with a "hard" landing it will not be realistic to find ....
  3. Elysium
    Elysium 21 August 2020 17: 53
    +1
    For aviation crews, the SA80 variant is shorter than the classic assault rifle.

    All pilots will not give up on it.
  4. Prisoner
    Prisoner 21 August 2020 18: 00
    +4
    Well ...? If a MANPADS is hammered into a barrel of kerosene, then the only thing that will be useful, not even to the crew, but to the gravediggers, is a personal number. I'm sorry, god. Army aviation, in the sense of a turntable, is the same roulette. Lucky - not lucky.
  5. Free wind
    Free wind 21 August 2020 19: 42
    +4
    How did you get a helmet, a warm jacket, a bulletproof vest, a machine gun with a pistol, a cutter, and a bag of food for a week in your backpack?
  6. kind
    kind 21 August 2020 20: 18
    0
    This plate allows the search party to see the reflected beam of light at a distance of several tens of kilometers (up to 40 miles)

    What is it like??? What kind of beam, laser or what ??? And where to get it?
    Apparently this plate is 20 meters in diameter.
    1. Bez 310
      Bez 310 21 August 2020 20: 44
      +4
      Heliograph - signal mirror
      Heliograph
      is located in the NAZ of our pilots.
      1. Lelik76
        Lelik76 22 August 2020 02: 07
        +1
        I had one in my childhood, as a toy. But they were not given signals because I lived / live next to an aircraft factory and flying overhead planes / helicopters every day was a common thing, they understood that this was serious (there the instructions were drawn on it and everything was extremely clear even for a 10-year-old boy).
      2. Brylevsky
        Brylevsky 22 August 2020 10: 15
        +2
        is also in the NAZ of our pilots

        Not only them. The heliograph is an essential component of lifeboat and raft emergency equipment. There he appeared even earlier than in aviation. Often, at sea this is the only effective way to attract attention, of course, in bright sun. All other signal equipment has a too limited range.
  7. Azis
    Azis 21 August 2020 22: 41
    +1
    Quote: Bez 310
    the signal mirror is also in the NAZ of our pilots
    Also in marine liferafts. You look through a hole, catch a bunny, direct it at someone to whom you can send a distress signal. Good shaving piece if you don't have another mirror.
  8. Freedim
    Freedim 21 August 2020 23: 58
    0
    Without toilet paper?
    1. Evdokim
      Evdokim 22 August 2020 01: 39
      -2
      Quote: FreeDIM
      Without toilet paper?

      Yes, I was surprised too.
      a set of food in the form of dry rations.
      there is, but there is nothing to complete the process with, what a pity, the poor thing will die. wassat
      1. mat-vey
        mat-vey 22 August 2020 09: 34
        0
        Quote: Evdokim
        Quote: FreeDIM
        Without toilet paper?

        Yes, I was surprised too.
        a set of food in the form of dry rations.
        there is, but there is nothing to complete the process with, what a pity, the poor thing will die. wassat

        So it is included in the dry ration ... in a separate bag ...
  9. Private SA
    Private SA 22 August 2020 03: 59
    -2
    Something I did not see the gas mask in the packing. Their poor there is substance A-234 constantly
    poison ...
  10. And why do you need
    And why do you need 22 August 2020 04: 51
    -2
    Do you get pampers out of your backpack before leaving? Or is he not included in it?
  11. Old26
    Old26 22 August 2020 15: 18
    0
    It is not entirely clear that there are two things in this backpack - a helmet and a warm jacket. I would understand the presence of a jacket if it was NAZ for astronauts, but for helicopter pilots ... not entirely clear
  12. Kibl
    Kibl 23 August 2020 13: 26
    -2
    Yes, don't give a damn what he has in his backpack, the main thing is that the rocket, when it hits the turntable, worked normally!
  13. Alexander Solo
    Alexander Solo 5 November 2020 01: 48
    0
    In the West and in the USA, carrying a bag with a helmet, flashlight, walkie-talkie is calculated so that the evacuation team will immediately pick up the pilot from the landing site (splashdown). And this was possible in Vietnam, where the evacuation team had time to pick up the pilot, even before he touched surface of water or land ..
    With us, it is calculated that the PDS (the parachute-landing service of the regiment, is less effective in search), therefore everything except the helmet and the mask is in the bottom of the ejection seat. When leaving the plane, the ejection seat is freed from the pilot under its own weight, and the pilot descends by parachute, followed by an inflatable balloon with a radio beacon, an NAZ (emergency reserve) and a life raft, all in one bundle on the halyard.
    I believe that our parachute storage system, NAZ, raft, is more convenient than that of the West.