The Boeing AH-6 is a series of light helicopter gunships developed by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems, based on the MH-6 Little Bird and MD 500 family
About this creation
The MH-6 "Little Bird" is a light utility helicopter employed mainly by the US special forces for gunship support and/or transportation.
Design by Daniel Siskend of Brickmania
The MH-6 began as the Boeing OH-6A, which was designed for use as a military scout during the Vietnam war to meet the U.S. Army's need for an extremely maneuverable light observation helicopter. The Hughes OH-6A Cayuse was quite effective when teamed with the AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter as part of what were known as "Pink Teams". The OH-6A "Loach" would find targets by flying low, "trolling" for fire, and lead in a Cobra, or "Snake", to attack. The OH-6A could be armed with the M27 armament subsystem, the M134 six-barrel 7.62mm "minigun" or the M129 40mm grenade launcher on the XM8 armament subsystem.
By 1980 it has become apparent that the special forces were in need of some sort of light transport helicopter that could also evacuate wounded or provide support. It was decided to take the existing OH-6A and modify it to suit the requirements needed. Dubbed "Little Bird," the modified variant entered service with the newly formed 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, piloted by specially trained pilots.
The Little Bird first saw combat during the 1983 invasion of Grenada, where it was used mainly for extricating wounded personnel. Later the MH-6 was used during the pre-invasion of Nicaragua, inserting commando teams and helping to secure the capture of the Nicaraguan dictator, General Manuel Noriega. Most famously, the Little Bird was a prime participant in Operation Gothic Serpent, or the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, popularized by the book "Black Hawk Down." There the MH-6 evacuated several pilots from their downed Black Hawks as well as providing gunship support.
The main variant of the MH-6 is the AH-6M light support gunship. The AH-6M has two universal hardpoints mounted on each side of the fuselage and can accept a variety of weapon subsystems. The usual loadout includes two 7.62mm M134 miniguns, and two 7-tube 70mm Hydra 70 rockets. However, the AH-6M can also be equipped with a 40mm Mk. 19 grenade launcher, a 30mm M230 chaingun, two 12.7mm GAU-19 gatling guns, Hellfire missiles, TOW ATGMS or Stinger AA missiles for Self-defense.
The MH-6 is currently in service only with the US Armed Forces. Saudi Arabia and Jordan however have bought several MH-6I models, produced by Boeing exclusively for the export market.
My Little Bird with spec ops minifigs armed and equipped with SI Dan kit.
Crew - 1-2
Capacity - 5 total
Empty weight - 722 kg
Max. takeoff weight - 1,610 kg
Powerplant - 1 × Allison 250-C30 turboshaft w/425 shp
Maximum speed - 282 km/h
Range - 430 km
Service ceiling - 5,700 m
Rate of climb - 10.5 m/s
1× 30 mm M230 Chain Gun; or
2× 12.7 mm GAU-19; or
2× 7.62 mm M134 Minigun
2× 7-tube rocket pods firing 70 mm Hydra 70 rocket projectiles
ATGM - 2× AGM-114 Hellfire
AAM - 2× FIM-92 Stinger