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Stealth Black Hawk helicopter used by US Special Forces during Bin Laden raid


According to a Tweet published on the Twitter account jmscaronte on August 4, 2020, the first picture released on the Internet showing a modified version of Black Hawk helicopter, the possible predecessor to the stealth Black Hawk used during the Bin Laden raid. On May 2, 2011, the U.S. navy Special Forces have conducted military operations to kill or capture Osama bin Laden, the founder of the terrorist group al-Qaida using new stealth helicopters.

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Stealth Black Hawk helicopter used by US Special Forces during Bin Laden raid 925 01 According to jmscaronte twitter account, a heavily modified Sikorsky EH-60, the possible predecessor to the stealth Black Hawks used in the Bin Laden raid.  (Picture source Twitter accountjmscaronte)


The U.S. military raid on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, owned by Osama bin Laden (OBL), as he was called, was launched from Afghanistan. During this operation, a new modified version of the Sikorsky EH-60 helicopter by the U.S. Special Forces operators.

According to media reports, the modified version of the EH-60 was designed with new stealth technology. The EH-60 is a modified version of the UH-60 Black Hawk designed to locate, classify and disrupt enemy signals traffic. Stealth helicopters are helicopters that incorporate stealth technology to avoid detection.

During the raid d of Osama bin Laden compound in Pakistan, two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks, heavily modified for quieter operations and employing stealth technology to be less visible to radar were used by the U.S. Special Forces. One of the new helicopters was shot down during the raid.

Stealth helicopter was used for the first time by U.S. Special Forces during the OBL raid, and Sikorsky Aircraft never gave information about the development of that type of helicopter. According to information released on Internet, Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks used in the raid upon Osama bin Laden's compound on 1 May 2011 are believed to have featured stealth technologies. These features are said to include specialized materials, and the use of harsh angles and flat surfaces across the exterior fuselage, techniques previously employed upon other stealth aircraft

From 1996 to 2004, Boeing-Sikorsky has launched the development of the RAH-66 Comanche a stealth armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter designed for the United States Army. On 23 February 2004, the U.S. Army announced the termination of the Comanche program, stating they had determined that the RAH-66 would require numerous upgrades to be viable on the battlefield and that the service would instead direct the bulk of its rotary systems funds to renovate its existing attack, utility, and reconnaissance helicopters.