US, Upgrades Little Bird

US, Upgrades Little Bird 22 August, 2019

Boeing is upgrading the fleet of helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The 47 machines currently in staffing must indeed remain operational until at least 2035.


The MELB program covers the upgrade of the main components of the A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopter to improve the safety margin, flight controls, and update cockpit. The improved helicopter received new rotor blades, longer tail boom, a new rear gearbox. The MELB in Block 3.0 new configuration also includes a better ability to fly at high altitudes in hot weather, a 500 pound higher payload capacity, improved flight controls, and an improved cockpit with a full moving map.


The AH-6’s mission computer processes large amounts of data and shares information across all aircraft systems quickly. It also increases safety, improves and aids rapid decision making, enhances situational awareness, reduces pilot workload and decreases aircraft life cycle support costs.

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