|The Hughes Helicopters OH-6A Cayuse (nicknamed Loach) is a single-engine light helicopter with a four-bladed main rotor used for personnel transport, escort and attack missions, and observation. The MH-6 and AH-6 (nicknamed Little Bird) were originally modified OH-6As used for special operations aviation, they have since been developed into single-engine light helicopters with a single five-bladed main rotor, based on the MD 500E
As part of the growing USEC commitment to ground forces, the purchase of 4 new MH-6 aircraft was approved in April 2007, for delivery in July that year. Following the crashing of 30003 and 30004 during operation firefly, the purchase was expedited.
This aircraft was one of four delivered to USEC on 23 May 2007.