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H-6 Little Bird

The AH-6M / MH-6M Little Bird are light attack/transport helicopters operated by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers). Both the AH-6 and MH-6 are based around a civilian airframe (MD530F), with extensive modifications in terms of avionics and provisions for the mounting of specialized equipment and weapons systems.

Contractor

Primary contractor: MD Helicopters

Crew

1 Pilot
1 Co-Pilot (Optional)

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 9.94 meters 32.6 feet
Rotor diameter: 8.35 meters 27.4 feet
Height: 2.99 meters 9.8 feet
Weight
Empty weight: ~896 kilograms 1 975 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: ~1 610 kilograms 3 550 pounds
Features
Power plant: one Rolls-Royce Model 250-C30R/3 turboshaft
Maximum speed: 152 knots (~282 kilometers per hour) (~175 miles per hour)
Cruise speed: 135 knots (~250 kilometers per hour) (~155 miles per hour)
Service ceiling: ~5 700 meters 18 700 feet
Range: 232 nautical miles (~430 kilometers (at 5 000 feet - 1 524 meters)) (267 miles (at 5 000 feet - 1 524 meters))
Rate of climb: 10.47 meters per second 2 061 feet per minute

AH-6M Little Bird

The AH-6 is flown as an attack helicopter, usually carrying two M134 7.62 miniguns or 7-tube FFAR rocket pods, firing high explosive and/or fletchette anti-personnel rounds. SOAR AH-6s may be used in pre-planned attacks, close air support or in the escort role, protecting other SOAR birds.
AH-6M Little Bird Copyright © http://www.americanspecialops.com

Status

In active service

Weapon systems

2 x Under-wing pylon station
.50 Caliber Machine Gun Pod
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M134 7.62mm Minigun
- OR -
Mk19 40mm Machine Gun
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M260 2.75-in Rocket Pod (7 rockets each)
» Hydra 70 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket
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Stinger Missile Pod (2 missiles)
» FIM-92 Stinger
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Hellfire Missile Pod (2 missiles)
» AGM-114 Hellfire
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TOW Missile Pod (4 missiles)
» BGM-71 Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided Missile

MH-6M Little Bird

The MH-6 is unarmed and is designed as a troop transport helicopter and is primarly used to insert and extract special operations forces (SOF) such as Delta Force and Rangers. It's small size allows it to land on small roofs or down in narrow streets.
MH-6M Little Bird Copyright © U.S. Army

Status

In active service

Capacity

6 combat troops
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684,02 kilograms of cargo 1 508 pounds of cargo