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Army helicopters practice defense against shoulder-fired missiles

  • Video by Craig T. Kojima and William Cole

    Smoke trails shot up into the sky this week from Army training simulating surface-to-air weapons systems.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA /CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducted “aviation mission survivability” training Friday within the Schofield Barracks East Range using a man-portable aircraft survivability trainer (MAST) that resembles a rocket launcher, at left.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA /CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducted “aviation mission survivability” training Friday within the Schofield Barracks East Range using a man-portable aircraft survivability trainer (MAST) that resembles a rocket launcher, at left.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA /CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Spc. Tyler Billings takes aim with a man-portable aircraft survivability trainer (MAST). The flare launched was a visual cue for the helicopter pilot to begin evasion procedures.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA /CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Spc. Tyler Billings takes aim with a man-portable aircraft survivability trainer (MAST). The flare launched was a visual cue for the helicopter pilot to begin evasion procedures.

The Army Black Hawk helicopter dipped below distant treetops Friday afternoon after Spc. Tyler Billings, standing on a plateau, got an ultraviolet bead on it with a man-portable aircraft survivability trainer (MAST) that resembles a rocket launcher. Read more

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