gun·​ship | \ˈgən-ˌship \

Definition of gunship 

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

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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 An Afghan Air Force general said that helicopter gunships from Shindand Air Base in western Afghanistan were joining the fight, targeting Taliban positions in the city. New York Times, "Taliban Claim They’ve Taken Control of Western Afghan City, Farah," 15 May 2018 As the speeches were underway, a 15-acre array of weaponry was on display in an exhibits hall next door featuring rifles, pistols, military-grade weapons and even helicopter gunship gear. Mike Ward And Jeremy Wallace, San Antonio Express-News, "Trump to NRA members: ‘Your Second Amendment rights are under siege’," 4 May 2018 It can be outfitted for transport, reconnaissance, search and rescue, research, refueling, patrol or as a gunship. Madison Park And Steve Almasy, CNN, "Puerto Rico National Guard plane crashes on final military flight, killing 9," 3 May 2018 The next morning, 110 American and South Korean troops marched into the DMZ with chain saws and rifles as helicopter gunships and Phantom fighter jets flew overhead, Oberdorfer reported. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "At Korean summit in DMZ, ‘deranged’ ax murders still cast a shadow," 26 Apr. 2018 The strike occurred in the same province where a U.S. AC-130 gunship plane opened fire in October 2015 on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz city. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "Afghan air force faces criticism after reports that airstrike on Taliban target killed civilians," 3 Apr. 2018 Local media reported marines on the gunship shot the bystanders — Nellely Aide Ruiz Martínez, 28, and daughters Chelsea Abril Rojas Ruiz, 6, and Kenia Azul Rojas Ruiz, 4 — but officials from the Mexican navy deny the helicopter unit was responsible. Caleb Downs, San Antonio Express-News, "Mexican governor warns citizens not to travel to U.S. via Reynosa-McAllen bridge," 29 Mar. 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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: a military aircraft with rockets and machine guns

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