British armed helicopters

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There is lots of information about the Joint Helicopter Experimental Unit, which became the Joint Helicopter Unit for its operational use during the Suez invasion. I didn't find anything about the JHEU working on armed helos, though, just on their experiments with airborne assault using transport helicopters.
 

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There are photographs in the Putnam's Westland volume ( Westland Aircraft Since 1915, Derek James, 1991) showing two Whirlwinds of JEHU in Army markings.
  1. A Whirlwind 2 (XK969/'D') with 'an experimental machine-gun installation' , what looks like a water-cooled Vickers machine gun, on tripod, mounted to fire at 90 degrees to the direction of flight, through the main door.
  2. A Whirlwind 2 (XK970/'E') with two forward-firing box launchers for 'small air-to-ground milssiles' ( I assume Vigilant) suspended from the hoist mounting.
Both photgraphs are credited to Fred Ballam.
 
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