Top 10 Battlefield Helicopters

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5. OH-6A

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The Hughes Helicopters OH-6 Cayuse (nicknamed “Loach”, after the requirement acronym LOH – light Observation Helicopter) is a single-engine light helicopter with a four-bladed main rotor used for personnel transport, escort and attack missions, and observation. Hughes also developed the Model 369 as a civilian helicopter, the HughesModel 500, currently produced by MD Helicopters.

Specifications

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 9.4 m – 9.8 m
  • Rotor diameter: 8.33 m
  • Height: 2.6 m – 3.4 m
  • Empty weight: 896 kg
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,610 kg
  • Powerplant: 1× One Allison T63-A-5A or T63-A-700 turboshaft, 317 hp (236 kW)
  • Maximum speed: 152 knots (175 mph, 282 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 135 knots (155 mph, 250 km/h)
  • Range: 232 nm (430 km (267 mi))
  • Service ceiling: 15,994 ft (4,875 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,067 ft/min (10.5 m/s)

Armament

  • Guns: Two M60 or M134 Minigun 7.62 mm machine guns; Two .50 cal (12.7 mm) MG pods
  • Rockets: Fourteen 2.75 in (70 mm) Hydra 70 rockets in two pods
  • Missiles: Four TOW missiles in two pods; Four Hellfire missiles in two pods

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