El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Poriuncula
Originally Posted by Ought Six
I am unaware of any Apaches on standby. They would arrive hours after the engagement is over, if they were ever requested.
An ambush would be over in a couple minutes at most. The moment one of these boats starts taking fire, if the pilot is not hit, he is going to firewall the throttles and try to get the hell out of there while everyone else on the boat is trying to deliver suppressive fire. If the boat or pilot is disabled in the first moments of the ambush and they cannot get the boat heading out of the kill zone, they will be fvcked. .50HMGs would shred those boats and the officers manning them. If they have incendiary rounds, the gas tanks could go up in the first burst if they got a lucky hit.
You realize it's not 1967 and these boats won't be patrolling the Mekong. Right?
I bet on the cops. Because it will be NOGOs in apaches if backup is needed.
So exactly how do you think DPS is going to get clearance to have TX ARNG attack helos on stanby to respond to a what would still be considered a "shots fired" call from the highway patrol, and then authorize them to use the helos weapons system to respond?
Not to mention firing across the river into Mexico.
Anything that would result from DPS firing into Mexico pales in comparison with the sh*t storm that would erupt if a US military helicopter gunship fired on a targets in Mexico, or even worse, strayed into Mexican air space and fired on a target. Plus, I really don't think people understand when the Guard can, and can't use the equipment it has. They can't just go out and crank up a couple of Apaches, load them up with ammo, and fly off to do whatever. There's a TON of regulations that govern what the equipment, and especially ammo, can and can't be used for.