|Type||Light Attack Helicopter|
|Seats|| Armed only: 2 seats:
|Item capacity|| All variants: Max:
AH-6X only: Max:
|Top speed||~ 202 km/h|
|Service ceiling||~ 5,000 m|
|Fuel capacity||1000 L|
|Primary armament|| Armed only:
|Secondary armament|| Armed only:
|Variants||AH-6X, MH-6J Little Bird|
- Light gunship
|«|| The AH-6 is an attack variant of the MH-6 Little Bird. It is the single-engine light helicopter used for special operations by the US Army.|
The AH-6J is the improved special forces attack version of AH-6, while the AH-6X is an unmanned variant of the AH-6 and is used as a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).
Developed from the MH-6 light utility helicopter, the AH-6J is a small, versatile attack helicopter that is used primarily as an air support platform for special operations forces.
By default, the AH-6J is always armed with twin 7.62 mm miniguns and 70 mm rocket pods that are fitted onto the stub wings attached onto both sides of the fuselage.
The miniguns feed from a single linked belt that has 4,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, while each rocket pod contains 7 unguided rockets fitted high-explosive dual purpose (HEDP) warheads for a combined total of 14 rockets.
The AH-6J shares the same upside of the MH-6J, namely that its compact design allows it to be fairly nimble. While the AH-6J cannot transport any passengers due to lacking side benches, its main strength lies in that it's armed and can defend itself from ground threats.
The AH-6J is fairly slow for a helicopter of its size, but is similarly just as agile as the MH-6J and can dart in and out of tight airspaces with ease.
The AH-6J also retains the same weaknesses as the baseline MH-6J, namely that it provides almost non-existent protection for both crewmen and remains just as fragile against small arms fire.
The AH-6J is only able to transport the pilot and co-pilot. It cannot carry any additional passengers or crew.
- AH-6X*: Uniquely designed unmanned drone model that lacks any armament aside from an externally attached observation pod. The pod's camera can switch between normal day and black/white-hot thermal vision modes. It does not carry any countermeasures or defensive avionics, but has an improved infrared scanner that is specifically optimised for detecting ground targets.
(*) The AH-6X is not functional in normal gameplay unless it has been synchronised as being controllable via a UAV Terminal in the mission editor (using the UAV module).
- The AH-6X's capabilities are notably demonstrated in the Open Season mission for the Operation Arrowhead campaign, where it is used to spot enemy anti-air vehicles for Pierce's AH-64D to hit with his Hellfire missiles.
- This particular AH-6X is actually scripted so that it will not be fired upon by those vehicles unless it flies above a certain distance. In normal and unscripted gameplay however, the AH-6X will always be engaged regardless of its flying height.
- The AH-6J remains as the only rotary-wing helicopter to date in the entire series that possesses a dedicated, unmanned drone model.
Aircraft of comparable role and configuration
|U.S. Army - Vehicles (ArmA 2)|
|Wheeled||ATV • HMMWV • Motorcycle • MTVR • Stryker (MGS)|
|Tracked||M1 Abrams (M1A2 TUSK) • M2 Bradley • M270 MLRS|
|Rotor-wing||AH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-64D • CH-47F Chinook • MH-6J Little Bird • UH-60 Black Hawk|
|Fixed-wing||A-10 Thunderbolt II • C-130J Hercules • MQ-9 Reaper|
|(Parenthesis) denote variants. | Operation Arrowhead|