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The MH-6J Little Bird is a light transport helicopter featured in both ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.


ArmA: Armed Assault

MH-6
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png RACS
Type Light Transport Helicopter
Seats 6 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 5× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 220 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 3,800 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament None
Secondary armament None
Variants AH-6
Games
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The MH-6 is used by both U.S. Army and RACS military forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Troop transport
« Two special operations versions of the OH-6 are the AH-6 'Little Bird' armed variant, and the MH-6 utility version. The MH-6 is nearly identical to the AH-6, but instead of air support its designed to carry troops and has no armament. There are externally fold down platforms to carry team of four soldiers.
Library Description
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Design

Developed from the Vietnam War-era OH-6 'Cayuse' light reconnaissance helicopter, the MH-6 is designed to serve as a small, versatile transport helicopter that is used primarily for special operations.

Features
Like its armed counterpart, the MH-6 is a highly nimble helicopter that is both easy to fly and difficult to spot flying in from afar.

Its small size also makes it ideal for dropping or picking up troops in tight landing zones which would otherwise be too difficult for the larger UH-60 to fit on.

Mobility
Although the MH-6 is slower than both the UH-60 and the SLA's Mi17, its superb agility more than compensates for this weakness.

U.S. Army special forces inserting via the MH-6.

Drawbacks
Lacking armament, the MH-6 cannot defend itself and is very soft-skinned. A short burst of small arms fire from weapons chambered in 7.62 mm and above is more than sufficient to shoot the frail MH-6 out of the sky.

Just like the AH-6, both the passengers and pilot are left exposed to enemy fire due to their seating positions. Since the cockpit isn't sealed on its sides and the bubble canopy doesn't provide any ballistic protection, the pilot can be instantly killed by a well-placed round from enemy marksmen.

Crew Capacity
The MH-6 contains enough seats for the pilot themselves and up to five other passengers. The four passengers sit on the side benches affixed to both sides of the fuselage.


Camouflage

  • Black: All-black paint scheme. Only used on U.S. Army MH-6s.
  • Desert: Desert tan paint scheme. Used exclusively by RACS-operated MH-6s.

Protection

The MH-6 has a base armour value of 30.

Hull

MH-6 hulls can withstand up to 30 points of damage.

Engine

The engine can only withstand 7.5 points of damage before failing.

Instruments

The MH-6's onboard systems can only incur a meagre 4.5 points of damage.

Main rotor

The main rotors can take 9 points of damage before breaking.

Tail rotor

The tail rotors can only withstand 6 points of damage.


Trivia

  • Despite their seating arrangement, bench passengers cannot fire their own weapons while riding the MH-6. Firing From Vehicles (FFV) capability would not become available until the release of the Helicopters DLC for ArmA 3.

Gallery

ArmA 2

Little Bird
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Type Light Transport Helicopter
Seats 6 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Co-Pilot
  • 4× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
  • 1× Backpack
Top speed ~ 202 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 5,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament None
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 60× Countermeasures (Chaff/Flare)
Variants AH-6J Little Bird
Games
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The MH-6J Little Bird is used exclusively by U.S. Army forces in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Troop transport
« The MH-6 Little Bird is a light observation helicopter. It is the single-engine light helicopter used for special operations by the US Army.
The MH-6J is the improved special forces transport version of MH-6.
Armoury Description
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Design

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This is a premium asset that requires ownership of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.


Returning from Armed Assault, the MH-6J in ArmA 2 is essentially the same aircraft but now has defensive avionics and countermeasure dispensers.

Features
One of the smallest helicopters in ArmA 2, the MH-6J remains as a compact, lightweight helicopter transport that can dart in and out of tight LZs with relative ease.

While it still lacks access to armament, the MH-6J now has some defensive capabilities that will alert the pilot of being locked onto by radar-guided weapon systems.

They can also ward off incoming missiles with chaff/flare countermeasures.

Mobility
As before, it is still slower than larger helicopters like the U.S. Army's own UH-60M Black Hawk at its top speed due to its less powerful engines.

The MH-6J does retain better agility however, and can make sharper turns without losing too much speed at low altitudes.

MH-6Js inbound with 1st SFOD-D operators.

Drawbacks
Though the MH-6J has some defensive avionics, it will only point in the direction of the system that it's being locked onto by; the sensor itself doesn't alert them to any missiles that are already in mid-flight and are zeroing in onto it.

Likewise, both the passengers and pilot are still exposed to enemy fire due to their seating positions. As before, a quick burst of medium-calibre gunfire is enough to bring down an MH-6J.

Crew Capacity
The MH-6J contains enough seats for the pilot themselves and up to five other passengers (the fifth passenger is considered as the co-pilot). The four passengers sit on the side benches affixed to both sides of the fuselage.


Protection

The MH-6J has a base armour value of 25.

Hull

The hull can withstand 25 points of damage.

Engine

The engine will be disabled if it takes more than 6.25 points of damage. A damaged engine will greatly reduce its power output.

Instruments

The cockpit's flight instruments can only survive 3.75 points of damage before failing.

Main rotor

The main rotor can take up to 7.5 points of damage. Disabling the main rotor will prevent the pilot from being able to maintain lift. At least 30% of damage is shared with the helicopter's main "health" pool.

Tail rotor

The tail rotor is limited to taking just 5 points of damage. Disabling the tail rotor will prevent the pilot from being able to control the main rotor's torque. 10% of damage is shared with the main "health" pool of the helicopter.


Avionics

MAWS

The MH-6J does not have a Missile Approach Warning System and is unable to alert the pilot of incoming missiles that are already locked onto it.

RWR

The MH-6J has a Radar Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked onto by radar-based targeting systems.

IWR

The MH-6J lacks an Infrared Warning Receiver and is unable to alert the pilot of being locked onto by infrared-based targeting systems.


Gallery

External links

See also

Variants

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration

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Wheeled 5T TruckArmy 4x4BusBRDM-2CarHatchbackHMMWV (Civil) • Offroad (Hilux) • M1030 (TT650, TT650G) • Pick-Up (Datsun) • SedanStrykerTractorUAZUral
Tracked BMP-2M1A1M113ShilkaT-72
Rotor-wing AH-6AH-1ZKA-50MH-6Mi17UH-60
Fixed-wing A-10AV-8BCamelDC-3Su-34
Aquatic CRRCRHIBPBX Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Queen's Gambit
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Wheeled 5T TruckHMMWVM1030Stryker
Tracked M1A1M113
Rotor-wing AH-6AH-1ZMH-6UH-60
Fixed-wing A-10AV-8BCamel
Aquatic CRRCRHIB
Arma1-factionicon-racs.png RACS - Vehicles (ArmA: Armed Assault)
Wheeled Army 4x4
Tracked M113T-72
Rotor-wing AH-6MH-6UH-60
Aquatic CRRC
Queen's Gambit
Vehicles of ArmA 2
Wheeled 9P117 SCUD-BATVBRDM-2* • BTR-40BTR-60BTR-90BM-21 Grad* • BusCarDingo 2 CZHatchbackHMMWV* • GAZJackal 2 MWMIKKamazLada* • LAV-25Military OffroadMotorcycle* (Old moto) • Mountain bike (Old bike) • MTVR* • Offroad* • Pandur II 8x8 CZPickup* • RM-70S1203SedanStryker (MGS) • SUV (Armored SUV) • T810TractorTouring CarTowing TractorUAZ-469* • Ural* • V3S* • Vodnik
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaAAVP-7A1BMP-2BMP-3BVP-1FV510 WarriorM1 Abrams* (M1A2 TUSK*) • M113M2 BradleyM270 MLRS* • T-34* • T-55T-72* (T-72M4 CZ) • T-90ZSU-23-4*
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-11 WildcatAH-64D* (AH-1) • CH-47F Chinook (Chinook HC4) • Ka-52Ka-60Ka-137Merlin HC3MH-6J Little BirdMi-8MTV-3* (Mi-17*) • Mi-24P (Mi-24D*, Mi-24V*) • UH-1Y (UH-1H) • UH-60 Black Hawk (MH-60S)
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt II* • An-2AV-8B HarrierC-130J Hercules* • F-35 Lightning IIL-159 ALCAL-39ZA (L-39C) • MQ-9 Reaper* • MV-22 OspreyPchela-1TSu-39 (Su-25*) • Su-34
Aquatic CRRCFishing BoatPBXRHIBSmall Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-usarmy.png U.S. Army - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled ATVHMMWVMotorcycleMTVRStryker (MGS)
Tracked M1 Abrams (M1A2 TUSK) • M2 BradleyM270 MLRS
Rotor-wing AH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-64DCH-47F ChinookMH-6J Little BirdUH-60 Black Hawk
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIC-130J HerculesMQ-9 Reaper
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Operation Arrowhead
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