Boeing to Offer AH-6i for Australian SOF Role

Boeing has confirmed it is to bid its AH-6i Little Bird light-attack and observation helicopter for Australia’s special forces requirement. Speaking at Boeing’s rotorcraft production facility in Philadelphia, David Koopersmith, vice-president and general manager, Vertical Lift, said that the company is waiting on a formal request from the...

Boeing has confirmed it is to bid its AH-6i Little Bird light-attack and observation helicopter for Australia’s special forces requirement.

Boeing feels its Little Bird would be a good fit for Australia's special forces helicopter requirement. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)
Boeing feels its Little Bird would be a good fit for Australia's special forces helicopter requirement. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)

Speaking at Boeing’s rotorcraft production facility in Philadelphia, David Koopersmith, vice-president and general manager, Vertical Lift, said that the company is waiting on a formal request from the Australian government, but that it stands ready to offer the AH-6i Little Bird once it does.

Australia’s Land 2097 Phase 4 requirement is to airlift up to four special operations helicopters aboard a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft for rapid forward deployment. “We do believe we have a good fit with the Little Bird in Australia, and we will be looking to offer that,” Koopersmith said on 16 May.

Source: www.janes.com