Smart chopper

Boeing has announced the AH-6 helicopter programme, its latest flexible rotorcraft with light attack and reconnaissance capabilities.


Boeing has announced the new AH-6 helicopter programme, its latest flexible rotorcraft with light attack and reconnaissance capabilities.



The AH-6 has been designed on a combat-proven platform with a legacy of successful service with US Army Special Operations.


The design is said to be tailored towards international military customers and will remain flexible for future development.



Dave Palm, director of Boeing Rotorcraft Business Development, said: ‘We believe this system is a perfect fit for those customers seeking long endurance, proven performance and 2,000lb (907kg) payload within an affordable helicopter.’



The AH-6 will be produced at Boeing’s Rotorcraft Systems facility in Mesa, Arizona.


Features will include an onboard communications package, electro-optical/infrared forward-looking sight system and a mount for weapons that have been qualified on the aircraft, such as Hellfire missiles and the M260 seven-shot rocket pod.