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The evidence for this comes from images of the wreckage of one of the helicopters, which departing Seals destroyed after it crash landed in the compound.
The tail of the top secret aircraft survived, providing a treasure chest of clues for aviation experts.
After some detective work, these experts have concluded it was a UH-60 Blackhawk, heavily modified to make it quieter and less visible to radar.
They are confident the raid marks the first time that a stealth helicopter has been used operationally.
Slipping under the radar can also be possible without stealth technology. Most of Pakistan's radars are on the ground, and therefore angled in such a way that makes low-flying aircraft difficult to detect, Mr Osborne says.
Originally posted by RSF77
reply to post by St Udio
I read a while ago that it was because of a temperature difference, the temperature inside the compound was a lot higher than outside of it. It affects the lift of the helicopter and apparently this combined with the mentioned stealth modifications made it unable to produce enough lift to stay in the air.
At least that's one explanation.
They probably didn't do any specific testing for this situation and ended up losing one of my helicopters for it, I would bet a solution is already in the works though. They should have thought about it though since this helicopter is seemingly for this exact purpose, which is inserting soldiers.
Yea it looks like they slipped up on this one and gave the Pakistanis at least part of a helicopter. I'm pretty sure that radar absorbent material they use is expensive and difficult to make though.
Just... absolute military failure, 9 years to find a freaking pajama wearing bum and then they lose a valuable helicopter for a stupid reason. It's such a stupid and blatant mistake really I don't know how I can even suspect its some kind of conspiracy, are these people even capable of it?
Originally posted by kevinunknown
used for the first time operationally in the operations to get Bin Laden.