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030810ZAPR08 TF DESTINY Reports Major SAFIRE IVO FOB Inkerman
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WHO: UGLY 51 (1 x BRITISH AH-64) WHEN: 030810ZAPR08 WHERE: 41S PR 8180 5580 (UNK AGL, HDG UNK, UNK SPD) WHAT: At 030810ZAPR08, TF HELMAND reported that an unknown number of insurgents engaged CF with RPGs and SAF from 2 x firing points at 41S PR 789 528, 100m southwest of FOB Inkerman, Sangin District, Helmand Province. CF returned fire and reported that AH-64s (UGLY elements) were on station in support. 5 x insurgents were positively identified departing the area when they engaged the British AH-64s with SAF. The AH-64 returned fire with 30mm. During the TIC, the aircraft was struck by a probable 12.7mm (not HE) round on the underside of the nose. The round bent the armor plating sufficiently enough to produce a control restriction. The aircraft recovered to FOB Bastion safely. ISAF Tracking #04-075 (CIDNE: 2008-094-095252-0312) TF DESTINY COMMENT: There have been 0 SAFIREs within 10NM in the past 30 days. The last SAFIRE in this area was a Minor SAFIRE (SAF) 5.56km west (41S PR 72393 56289) on 14 FEB 08. The engagement on 14 FEB, is assessed as a target of opportunity Minor SAFIRE (SAF). A B1 bomber was conducting a show of force for troops in contact, when it was engaged with SAF. CLASSIFICATION: SECRET//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBRCAVEATS: NONETERMS: NONE OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM ATO KD CALLSIGN UGLY51 A/C TYPE AH-64 EVENT DATE 03 APR 08 EVENT TIME 0955Z IVO SANGIN A/C LOCATION IVO N 32 07.436' E 064 55.629' (41S PR 81800 55800) POO IVO N 32 07.712' E 064 55.317' (41S PR 81300 56300) AMPN AT 0955Z, UGLY51 (N3207.436 E06455.629, 5000FT AMSL, 70KTS, 315 HDG) WAS SUPPORTING A TIC WHEN THEY WERE ENGAGED BY HMG. UGLY51 DID NOT OBSERVE THE POO OR TRACERS/MUZZLE FLASHES, BUT THEY REPORTED THAT THEY HEARD AND FELT A BANG TO THE FRONT OF THE A/C. THE ROUND WAS ASSESSED TO COME FROM A 45 DEGREE ANGLE AT A RANGE OF ~850M. AFTER UGLY51 EXPERIENCED THE HIT TO THEIR A/C THEY EXPERIENCED CONTROL RESTRICTIONS WITH THEIR YAW CONTROLS, BUT WERE ABLE TO RETURN TO BASE WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. DURING POST-FLIGHT INSPECTION, THERE WAS A SINGLE 12.7MM ROUND THAT WENT THROUGH THE OUTER SKIN OF THE A/C, BUT THE ROUND DID NOT PENETRATE THE SECONDARY AMOUR PLATING. THE AMOUR PLATING WAS DENTED CAUSING THE FOOT PEDAL TO BE RESTRICTED WHICH SUBSEQUENTLY CAUSED ISSUES WITH THE YAW CONTROL OF THE A/C. NO INJURY TO THE AIRCREW WAS REPORTED. ISRD ASSESSMENT HIT, SIGNIFICANT, CONFIRMED HMG WEAPONS ASSESSMENT IS BASED ON A HIT WITH A 12.7MM ROUND. THERE HAVE BEEN NO SAFIRES W/I 10NM IN THE LAST 30 DAYS. CLOSEST SAFIRE IS 13NM SW, SMARMS vs. RW (NO HIT).