What are these sensors (or lights) on this heavy assault Chinook MH-47G of the US 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, "Night Stalkers"?

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Source, picture by Russell Hill

This regiment was the subject of Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down.

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    $\begingroup$ Well... they featured in it but that movie is really about the Rangers. $\endgroup$
    – Gaius
    Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Gaius: You're right, the Black Hawks from the 160th SOAR were used to support the Ranger task force. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 14:36

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Those sensors are part of the AN/AVR-2A Laser Warning System. Here is a closeup of the system components.


The AN/AVR-2A is a passive laser warning system which receives, processes and displays threat information resulting from aircraft illumination by laser designators, range finders and beam riding missiles. ... The AN/AVR-2A LDS consists of one interface unit comparator and four identical sensor units.; image from thaimilitaryandasianregion.wordpress.com

These sensors are installed on the MH-47G Chinook, as given in americanspecialops.com

Defensive systems

Common Missile Warning System (CMWS)

Suite Of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasures (SIRFC)

AN/AVR-2b Laser Warning System

XM216 Dark Flares (invisible to naked eye)


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