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The helicopter used in the mission to kill Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden has aircraft experts geeking out. The chopper is almost impossible to see or hear- and as MSNBC explains- the state-of-the-art aircraft is even radar-repellent.
“Experts studied these crash images noting the tail rotor’s unusual design as you can see here. It’s said to be a Black Hawk modified to reduce rotor noise and make it more difficult to detect by radar. One source also adding, its windshield night have been specially coated to help evade radar detection as well.”
ABC News shows the noise difference between an original Black Hawk and a stealth version of the chopper and adds- the aircraft used in the Abbottabad raid was even quieter than either of these.
“Neighbors in Abbottabad told ABC News they did not hear the helicopters Sunday night until they were directly overhead.
This is what a standard black hawk helicopter sounds like... [sound of Black Hawk]
This is the sounds of an earlier experimental version of a stealth helicopter... [sound of stealth helicopter]
It would be a vague sound. It might be the sounds of a helicopter that was going in the opposite direction.”
According to The New York Times, one of the two helicopters used in the raid lost its “power lift” during the mission- forcing it to make a hard landing and accidentally clip its tail. Navy SEALs attempted to destroy the aircraft, presumably to hide the top-secret technology, but not everything was destroyed.
HLN explains where the rest of it is now.
“There are photographs where it shows Pakistan’s army taking away the parts of the helicopter that remain - the parts that weren’t burnt out by the fields when they left it destroying the valuable technology. But this is a very high-tech looking aircraft. There are bits of micro caviats still lying in the fields around it, bits of hydraulics. But the large parts that weren’t destroyed are in the Pakistani Military custody as far as we know right now.”
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asks - should this news worry U.S. officials? A national security expert says yes, especially since Pakistan and China have a history of technology exchange.
“You really do worry about them sharing it with China, who also may reverse engineer and try manufacturing and distributing. You know, you can’t get that technology out of U.S. companies because it’s export controlled. And so, this represents a real vulnerability in the proliferation of this kind of material in a very uncontrolled way for the United States for it could be used against us.”
The stealth helicopter wasn’t the only state-of-the-art technology on board. Venture Beat explains - weapons, surveillance gear and real-time communication were all key to the mission’s success.
“...equally interesting was the ability for the U.S. military to communicate in real time with soldiers on the ground during the attack. It shows how much information can be processed in a short period of time when money isn’t an issue.”
According to The Christian Science Monitor, the military’s last known stealth helicopter program spent $6.9 billion to make two prototype choppers in 2004.
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