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Note that the American military and the Russian Rosoboronexport have previously sealed a contract for the supply of twenty-one Mi-17V5 multipurpose helicopters to Afghanistan. Here is the new agreement that should be signed as well:
Some pictures of a US Navy SEAL helicopter that crash-landed during the assault on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan show some shapes different from a more traditional MH-60 Black Hawk.
This wreckage – the size of a Black Hawk – consists of a rotor with a disk on top of it; special fairings; and a fairly different tail rotor – with five, perhaps six blades.
However, thanks to David Cenciotti’s blog, and thanks to AeroManouch who passed this piece of information on, we can see that the tail rotor would rather have five blades, and it visibly is not an RAH-66 Comanche.
According to Bill Sweetman, a defense technology and aerospace pundit from Aviation Week, this chopper might be a Black Hawk upgraded into a stealth helicopter version:
The A160 “Hummingbird” or YMQ-18 – its military designation – is an American unmanned helicopter that is being tested in Central America, in Belize. This VTOL – Vertical Takeoff and Landing – prototype has been developed by the U.S. DARPA & the Boeing’s R&D division, the Phantom Works. The DARPA calls this drone FORESTER – FOPEN (FOliage PENetration) Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar. You can watch the video hereafter: