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U.S. Air Force MH-53J (Pave Low III)

Ilidza Compound, Sarajevo 27 April 1998 — An MH-53J (Pave Low III) takes off from a helicopter landing pad located at HQ Stabilization Force, Ilidza Compound, Sarajevo, in support of Operation Joint Guard. The MH-53J's mission is to perform low-level, long-range, undetected penetration into denied areas, day or night, in adverse weather, for infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces. The MH-53J Pave Low III heavy-lift helicopter is the largest and most powerful helicopter in the Air Force inventory, and the most technologically advanced helicopter in the world. Its terrain-following, terrain-avoidance radar and forward-looking infrared sensor, along with a projected map display, enable the crew to follow terrain contours and avoid obstacles, making low-level penetration possible.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Amn. Leslie Benito

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