AH-6i Little Bird

Operator: Saudi Arabia Jordan
Status: Ordered Potential
Number: 24 18-24
Cost: Part of $31 deal (10/20/2010)
Acquired: Ordered 2014; Expected June 2016 (Delayed) Signed letter of intent in 2010
General Specs
Country of origin: United States
Role: Light Attack/Reconnaissance
Manufacturer: Boeing
Introduced: 2006
Power plant: Rolls Royce 250-C30R/3M gas turbine (650 shp)
Rotor systems: 6 rotors
Rotor diameter: 27.4 ft (8.3 m)
Length: 32.1 ft (9.8 m)
Height: 8.1 ft (2.5 m)
Weight (empty): 1,591 lb (722 kg)
Maximum takeoff weight: 3,750 lb (1701 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 64 gal or 403 lb (183 kg)
Speed: 152 knots (175 mph)
Ceiling: 18,700 ft
Range: 232 nm (267 miles)
Crew: 2
Armament: 4 Hardpoints
Guns M-134D (7.62mm mini-gun)
GAU-19 (12.7mm mini-gun)
Rockets 70mm rockets (M260 7-shot pods)
Missiles AGM-114 Hellfire
Radar/Sensors: L-3 Wescam MX-15Di EO/IR targeting sensor system
Laser range finder and designator
Network transfer of surveillance, acquisition, and targeting information
Misc Systems: Apache-like cockpit layout and displays
Boeing integrated digital map
L3 standby flight instrumentation
HARCO air data computer
APN-209 radar altimeter
Wulfsberg FT5000/C5000 digital communications system
Notes: Built from civilian MD 530F helicopter

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