Definition of gunship
: a helicopter or cargo aircraft armed with rockets and machine guns
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Delivered to the Navy in 2014, the America was specially designed to act as an aircraft carrier, capable of supporting everything from the Marines’ V-22 Ospreys and helicopter gunships to the stealthy F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.
The US military already uses the MC-130J and AC-130J gunship for US special operations work.
Other weapons for the first time tested in combat included the Su-34 and the Su-35 warplanes, and the Mi-28 and the Ka-52 helicopter gunships.
By Friday morning, explosions and bursts of gunfire downtown could be heard again, and smoke rose from city as helicopter gunships circled overhead.
When a firefight broke out, the U.S. commandos called in airstrikes from an AC-130 gunship.
The Americans, working in cooperation with the Yemeni government, attacked a Qaeda encampment in Marib Province and then called in support from an AC-130 gunship after a firefight broke out.
U.S. Special Operations forces backed by an AC-130 gunship killed at least seven al Qaeda fighters in Yemen on Tuesday, the Pentagon said, as the Trump administration stepped up military pressure on the extremist militant group.
However, US forces were forced to call in an AC-130 gunship for air support when a firefight began, according to Davis.
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Definition of gunship for English Language Learners
: a military aircraft with rockets and machine guns
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