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The appearance of the stealth modification of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter has been declassified

American military helicopter Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk.
Image source: Denis Aslanov / RIA Novosti

In the United States, stealth modifications were created on the basis of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to support covert operations of special forces.

The existence of such rotary-wing aircraft has been talked about for a long time, but their real existence became known only after the emergency landing of the "invisible" during the May 2011 operation to eliminate the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

After the assault "in memory of what happened", the tail section remained on the territory of the object. Its appearance made it possible to conclude that the design of the secret version has significant differences from the base machine.

Many years later, a photograph of an unusual, inconspicuous "turntable" appeared on the Web. Moreover, the sample is not presented in the newest and most advanced form. Now the American special forces are armed with more sophisticated equipment.

Reportedly, work in this direction began forty years ago.

The technologies were tested on OH-58X Kiowa, Sikorsky S-75 helicopters and RAH-66 Comanche reconnaissance and strike. It is interesting that the appearance of the latter, despite the fact that he belonged to the new generation, was not hidden, on the contrary, he was advertised in every possible way. For example, computer games appeared, where the design features were revealed in some detail, and anyone, "sitting" in a virtual cockpit, could take part in battles that took place in various hot spots of the world. True, this PR did not help in any way to save the program from complete closure.

According to military experts, the experience gained during the creation of the RAH-66 and secret modifications of the Black Hawk will help in the creation of a new rotorcraft.

Alexey Moiseev

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