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Black Hawk Down: Pakistan Gets Stealth Technology

Posted by yourpakistan on May 11, 2011


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The US Navy Seals usually fly in the famous Sikorsky UH-60 birds, popularized by the movie “Black Hawk Down“, in which two UH-60 were shot down in Somalia. New details are also emerging about the helicopter that went down that night. Pictures of the tail rotor of the chopper that the Navy Seals’ Team Six detonated revealed unfamiliar features. Apparently the tail rotor visible in the picture belongs to a highly modified version of the H-60—the machine of choice of the special forces for more than 30 years. News reports seem to suggest that it could be a new, secret helicopter.

“Photos disseminated via the European PressPhoto agency and attributed to an anonymous stringer show that the helicopter’s tail features stealth-configured shapes on the boom and the tail rotor hub fairings, swept stabilizers and a ‘dishpan’ cover over a five-or-six-blade tail rotor. It has a silver-loaded infrared suppression finish similar to that seen on V-22s.” Aviation Week.

“A previously undisclosed, classified stealth helicopter apparently was part of the U.S. task force that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1.” Aviation Week.
“Following the raid on 1 May only the tail section of the helicopter remained — the main body having been destroyed in situ by US special forces — but aspects of its design do not tally with the generally held belief that Sikorsky MH/UH-60 Black Hawk-type helicopters were used in the mission.

“Specifically, the tail rotor of the crashed helicopter has a five-bladed assembly, whereas the Black Hawk tail rotor has four blades. Also, where the Black Hawk’s vertical tail section tapers towards the top, the helicopter lost in the raid has a vertical tailplane than has an even chord from top to bottom capped off with what appears to be a large aerodynamic surface.” Janes Weekly.

“The helicopters that flew the Navy SEALs on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden were a radar-evading variant of the special operations MH-60 Black Hawk, according to a retired special operations aviator. “The helicopter’s low-observable technology is similar to that of the F-117 Stealth Fighter the retired special operations aviator said. ‘It really didn’t look like a traditional Black Hawk,’ he said. It had ‘hard edges, sort of like an … F-117, you know how they have those distinctive edges and angles — that’s what they had on this one.’ “ Army Times.

The recovery of the tail by the Pakistanis raised questions about whether some of the unique technology may have fallen into the wrong hands. WSJ

These were Non-standard Blackhawk this may have been the first time that these particular helicopters have been on a mission, though they have been in development for some time. Stealth helicopters are not new, but using them over a risky mission in Pakistan was a decision that describes the importance of the mission.

The Navy Seals wasted precious time in attempting to blew up the mysterious chopper. The Pakistanis immediately cordoned off the areas, put out the fire and now have access to the material used in the Stealth chopper. A failed Cruise missile strike against Obama in the 90s under President Clinton gave Pakistan access to America’s sophisticated Cruise missile technology–which was duplicated. A downed Stealth Fighter in Bosnia allowed the Chinese to look at the Stealth material and design the J-10. Growing ties between Pakistani and Chinese armed forces allows both countries to see what the new technology and the quiet rudder is all about. China and Pakistan, over the past two decades, have co-developed a multi role combat aircraft called JF-17 Thunders, the FC-20 and an advanced trainer, the JL-8. The wreckage in Abbottabad has exotic coatings and distinct surfaces and edges reminiscent of stealth aircraft such as the B-2 bomber and the F-22 fighter. Experts point to the tail rotor’s design suggested an effort to reduce the “acoustic signature” of choppers—to make them fly more quietly.

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3 Responses to “Black Hawk Down: Pakistan Gets Stealth Technology”

  1. […] Black Hawk Down: Pakistan Gets Stealth Technology « Your Pakistan “Photos disseminated via the European PressPhoto agency and attributed to an anonymous stringer show that the helicopter's tail features stealth-configured shapes on the boom and the tail rotor hub fairings, swept stabilizers and a . tail section of the helicopter remained — the main body having been destroyed in situ by US special forces — but aspects of its design do not tally with the generally held belief that Sikorsky MH/UH-60 Black Hawk-type helicopters were used . […]

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  3. indiancowards said

    Pakistan has thousands of world class scientists and engineers and has a full capaablity to develop such technologies and does not need stupid american help

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