We are hearing a lot about SEAL Team 6 these days as news of the killing of Osama Bin Laden continues to make the rounds. Those interested in aviation have been offering a lot of speculation on what type of helicopter may have been used to transport the highly-trained, counter-terrorism forces to the compound in Abbottabad.
It was first assumed to be a Berzerker—or Black Hawk MH-60. Such aircraft can carry 11 soldiers, fly 750 miles on one tank, and come equipped with multiple miniguns. See the image below for a complete breakdown of the craft.
The idea of a chopper like the MH-60 being used in a mission of this importance is certainly plausible. However, we are now hearing rumors that it was actually a modified version of the MH-60, designed in secret for stealth operations. The aircraft that flew into Abbottabad is said to be quieter thanks to slower rotor speeds . . . The fact that SEAL Team 6 destroyed the machine on the site would also indicate that they did not want such technology being discovered by the Pakistanis. The satellite image below shows the location of the remaining wreckage of the helicopter outside the compound where Bin Laden was found.