[Ed. – Prediction here. Deploying armored helos isn’t deploying armed helos. It’s increasing the protection for the helicopter and aircrew, in hopes that the mission can continue in the face of the unaddressed threat. The larger crew is not a benefit if the mission, armament, and ROE don’t change.]
Just days after Mexican drug traffickers shot down a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Helicopter on the Texas border, Breitbart Texas has learned that the agency will now send two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to continue surveillance operations in the area. …
In response to the attack, CBP will be sending two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to Laredo. Unlike the EC 120 from the shooting incident which was pierced by gunfire, the new helicopters are armored against “small arms fire,” Congressman Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) announced in a short news release.
An official statement received as this went to press reads as follows:
CBP plans to send two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to south Texas in the wake of last Friday’s helicopter shooting incident. The Blackhawk is armored against small arms fire of the sort used in the recent incident, carries a larger crew than the EC120 helicopter currently used in the area, and is well suited for operating in a higher threat environment. The move is expected to occur this week; CBP continuously reviews the conditions of the border environment and deploys its resources accordingly.