gun·​ship | \ ˈgən-ˌship How to pronounce gunship (audio) \

Definition of gunship

: a helicopter or cargo aircraft armed with rockets and machine guns

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The Air Force is procuring 12 Stinger IIs to augment existing gunships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a AC-130 Gunship Devastate Targets on the Ground with Its Howitzer," 16 Jan. 2019 More than ten variants of the airplane, including AC-130 gunships and WC-130 weather reconnaissance aircraft, serve U.S. and global militaries. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130 Just Never Dies," 22 Apr. 2016 The Observatory reported that government helicopter gunships pounded several villages held by IS, including Shajara, Abdeen and Koya. Fox News, "Syrian forces press offensive despite IS threats to hostages," 31 July 2018 But for all of this advanced technology, the vision of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command gunships can be thwarted by the threatening adversary known as a cloudy sky. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rise of Disposable Drones," 30 May 2017 But the Taliban appeared to have seized large parts of the city and held them despite a blistering assault by Afghan troops backed by U.S. helicopter gunships, fighter jets and drones. Fox News, "US advising Afghan forces in battle for eastern city," 12 Aug. 2018 Since the 1950s, the planes have hauled massive cargo loads to war zones, been converted into gunships and bombers, and been packed with electronics to hunt for hurricanes. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "‘A C-130 literally just dropped out of the sky:’ A deadly plane crash stuns drivers in Savannah," 3 May 2018 There is also consideration towards putting them in the AC-130 gunship and B-1 and B-2 bombers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the Military Will Be Revolutionized By Laser Weaponry," 11 Mar. 2016 My family in Damascus and Aleppo are dodging chemical weapons and helicopter gunships and a genocide from the Syrians from Hezbollah, from Iran, from Russia. Fox News, "Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on terror threats facing the United States," 18 June 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gunship

: a military aircraft with rockets and machine guns

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