Could the bin Laden raid have revealed a secret new tactical helicopter?

Part of a damaged helicopter is seen lying near the…

Part of a damaged helicopter is seen lying near the compound after U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, May 2, 2011. Bin Laden was killed in the U.S. special forces assault on the Pakistani compound, then quickly buried at sea, in a dramatic end to the long manhunt for the al Qaeda leader who had been the guiding star of global terrorism. Picture taken May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

So what machine exactly experienced the hard landing described above? Short answer: we don’t know for sure. Long answer: It seems that the tail rotor visible in the picture belongs to a highly modified version of the H-60, the chopper of choice of the special forces for more than 30 years. Aviation Week doesn’t beat around the bush, claiming:

A previously undisclosed, classified stealth helicopter apparently was part of the U.S. task force that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1.

Stealth technology on helicopters is not itself new, but the fact that a previously unknown machine was used in this raid is yet another proof of the degree of importance that this mission had for U.S. commanders.

Source: Michele Travierso for TIME.

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  • General Jim M

    Looks like our “commander in chief” LOL,did a better job of hiding Bin Laden’s body than a secret stealth helicopter.I think that the current adminstration is playing a big middleeast game of instigating revolts in muslim countries so they can be more easily led into a muslim brotherhood dominated super arab state.Part of this would be to shame Pakistan into turning openly against the west,it’s nuclear arsenal in the pocket of islamic extremists ( regular everyday muslims ).That would signal that Iran wouldn’t have to build nukes.Israel could be destroyed easily IF AMERICA SITS BACK AND WATCHES.There is wierd(shit )going on here and everyone is ignoring that all of these revolutions are connected for a common purpose.Some 99% of Egyptians polled after the “revolution” want to scrap the treaty with Israel.So we leave a top secret helicopter in the hands of a potential enemy and we dump into the sea the very target of the mission itself? I hope our general staff doesn’t approve of this kaka.After all they are US generals and admirals not commisars.Never trust a guy who will cancel the F22 as the Chinese and Russians announce new generation fighter aircraft.