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The NYPD now has anti-aircraft capability.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly tells "60 Minutes" that the NYPD has "some means to take down a plane" in what he termed an "extreme situation," during an interview tonight on CBS, according to a transcript of the exchange.
Under fire by some for police counterterrorism tactics highlighted in a series of Associated Press articles, Kelly doesn't elaborate to interviewer Scott Pelley exactly how cops could take down a plane, but when asked point-blank whether the police have the equipment and training to pull off such a feat, Kelly responds, "Yes"
"Do you mean to say that the NYPD has the means to take down an aircraft?" Pelley asks.
To which Kelly responds: "Yes, I prefer not to get into the details but obviously this would be in a very extreme situation."
"You have the equipment and the training," Pelley follows up.
"Yes," Kelly answers.
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Nice catch!! I just read this too!! Why is the NYPD in the Middle East? What weaponry do they have to take down an aircraft?
Since 9/11 the department has undertaken a major overhaul of the Aviation Unit. Once equipped exclusively with Bell helicopters, it recently re-equipped its fleet with seven Agusta A 119 Koala helicopters. The centerpiece is a $9.8 million "unmarked" helicopter, which can fly at night without lights. However, this function will require approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and local Air Traffic Control on a case-by-case basis, due to the hazards it could present in the heavily congested New York air corridors. The department has also purchased a state-of-the-art helicopter flight simulator, so officers can practice flying without actually having to take up a helicopter.
Neither Bloomberg nor Kelly would specify what weapons the NYPD has its disposal. Many believe New York's top cop was referring to the helicopter-mounted Barrett .50 caliber rifle, known since 2005 to be in the city's counter-terrorism arsenal.
The Barrett, a high-powered sniper rifle, could easily disable a car, truck or small plane, and is often used by the Coast Guard to stop boats carrying drugs, but it likely could not take down a large commercial passenger jet, like those flown into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
To shoot down a large jet, the NYPD would almost certainly need to use a missile or a large caliber machine gun. The NYPD would not confirm to ABC News, which weapons Bloomberg and Kelly were referring to, or were in the city's arsenal.
The multipurpose name is based on the projectile having an armor-piercing (tungsten core), an explosive, and an incendiary component, thus making it capable of penetrating lightly armored targets and causing damage to personnel inside the target after penetration. It is a suitable round for engaging helicopters, aircraft and lightly armored vehicles, as well as unarmored vehicles, and it is capable of igniting jet fuel. The Mk.211 has about the same destructive power as a standard 20 mm round against such targets.
The Mk 211 is a very popular .50 caliber sniper round, used in the Barrett M82 rifle, as well as other .50 BMG rifles. It is also often used in heavy machine guns, for example the M2 Browning. Due to its popularity several U.S. arms manufacturers produce the round under license from NAMMO
Originally posted by thedman
reply to post by JIMC5499
Problem is civilian airliners dont have IFF transponders
How to discriminate a hijacked aircraft from other traffic is issue - on 9/11 ATC had problems trying pick out
hijacks from normal air traffic cluiter
Also while .50 round might be effective against light aircraft on kamikaze mission, doubt could inflict enough
damage to bring down something as big as jet airliner