New Video Shows Night Stalker Little Bird Helicopters With Rare Modifications
The novel enhancement gives the Little Bird a critical range extension while still allowing it to execute its core mission unimpeded.
What we are seeing in the video seems to be an extremely uncommon sight on the 160th's Little Birds. It is a novel external fuel tank design by Robertson Fuel Systems.
They are officially called Improved Conformal Equipment, or ICE, and have come in progressively refined form. The tanks carry roughly 30 extra gallons of jet fuel, giving the helicopters about 160 miles of additional range—roughly a 62% increase over the regular MH-6 configuration—when two of the tanks are fitted.