MH-6 Little Bird Light Helicopters

MH-6 Little Bird Light Helicopters

The MH-6 Little Bird also known as Killer Egg is single-engine light helicopters used for special operations aviation in the United States Army. The MH-6M (New Version), is based on the MD 530F and has a single, six-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor.

Role : Light observation helicopter
Manufacturer : MD Helicopters
First flight : 27 February 1963
Introduced : 1980
Status : Active service
Primary user : United States Army
Developed from : OH-6 Cayuse
Variants : MD 500 Defender, Boeing AH-6

MH-6 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2: pilot and co-pilot
  • Capacity: up to 6 passengers for MH-6s
  • Length: 32.6 ft (9.80 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 27.4 ft (8.30 m)
  • Height: 9.8 ft (3.0 m)
  • Empty weight: 1,591 lb (722 kg)
  • Useful load: 1,509 lb (684 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,100 lb (1,406 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1× One T63-A-5A or T63-A-700 turboshaft, 425 shp (317 kW)  takeoff power (derated); 375 shp (280 kW) continuous power
  • Fuselage Length: 24.6 ft (7.50 m)
  • Fuselage Width: 4.6 ft (1.4 m)
  • Rotor systems: 6 blades on main rotor, 4 blades on tail rotor
  • Useful fuel capacity: 62 US gal (242 L) or 403 lb (183 kg)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 152 knots (175 mph, 282 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 135 knots (155 mph, 250 km/h)
  • Range: 232 nmi (430 km, 267 mi) at 5,000 ft
  • Service ceiling: 18,700 ft (5,700 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,061 ft/min (10.5 m/s)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 1× 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 Chain Gun; or
    • 2× 12.7 mm (.50 cal) GAU-19; or
    • 2× 7.62 mm (0.30 in) M134 Minigun
  • Rockets:
    • 2× LAU-68D/A 7-tubes rocket pods firing 2.75 in (70 mm) Hydra 70 rocket projectiles
  • Missiles:
    • Anti-tank guided missile: 2× AGM-114 Hellfire
    • Anti-air missile: 2× FIM-92 Stinger for self-defense
The armed variant is equipped with a lightweight universal mounting platform which can accommodate two M134 miniguns, two M260 7-shot Hydra 70 rocket pods. Alternately, the AH-6 can be armed with Hellfire anti-tank missiles, air-to-air Stingers, Mk-19 40 mm automatic grenade launchers, or .50 caliber machine guns.
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