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Boe­ing is plan­ning to brief In­dian de­fence per­son­nel on AH-6I light armed util­ity he­li­copter, which could also have prospec­tive value for In­dia’s Spe­cial Forces and para­mil­i­tary

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in Boe­ing be­lieve the AH-6i could have prospec­tive value for In­dia’s Spe­cial Forces and para­mil­i­tary. Like its much larger cousin, the AH-64D Apache, the AH-6i Lit­tle Bird de­ploys an im­pres­sive ar­se­nal of on-board weapons, in­clud­ing a chain-gun, rocket pods and AGM114 Hell­fire strike mis­siles.

The AH-6i, with a 1-2 per­son crew, has a MTOW of 722-kg, can cruise at 135 knots at an al­ti­tude 18,700 feet and is pow­ered by a sin­gle Al­li­son 250-C30 tur­boshaft engine. A vari­ant, called the AH-6S Phoenix has been pitched to the US Army for its armed aerial scout pro­gramme. So far, Saudi Ara­bia and Jor­dan have ex­pressed in­ter­est in the plat­form.

Boe­ing AH-6i test air­craft out­side up­com­ing pro­duc­tion line site

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