BAT*21 is a 1988 Vietnam War film directed by Peter Markle (Saving Jessica Lynch) and was inspired by the true story of Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton (Gene Hackman), a USAF officer who was shot down while on a scouting mission and the subsequent attempts by US forces to recover him. The film co-stars Danny Glover and Jerry Reed and received aircraft and logistical support from the Royal Malaysian Army and Air Force.
The following weapons were used in the film BAT*21:
An NVA officer is seen with a Makarov PM during the failed rescue attempt.
An M16/SP1 is carried primarily by Captain Bartholomew Clark (Danny Glover) when he flies a helicopter to rescue Hambleton. The rifle is also held by Hambleton. Also seen fired by US helicopter crewman during the failed rescue attempt.
Norinco Type 56
NVA forces are seen throughout the film carrying the Norinco Type 56.
Norinco Type 56-1
Some NVA forces are armed with the Norinco Type 56-1.
M60 machine gun
The M60 Machine Gun is used by the S-61 Sea King door gunner during the failed rescue attempt as well as NVA forces in their attempt to shoot down the search and rescue helicopters.
Browning M2 HB
NVA forces are seen using a Browning M2 to shoot down the rescue helicopters.
Airstrikes are seen conducted by USAF F-5A & F-5B Freedom Fighters, complete with Pontiac M39 cannons, though the fighters do not fire their guns during the attack. F-100 Super Sabre jets are also armed with the cannons.
The RPG-7 also are used by NVA forces.