The US Army plans to keep the famed MH-6 ‘Little Bird’ helicopter in service until “Future Vertical Lift aircraft” become available.  The light helicopters are used for special operations in the US Army and rose to fame in the movie Blackhawk down where it was used to support operators who were trapped in the city of Mogadishu in Somalia.

“Right now with the current technology, we are wed to the program that is going to provide us the 3.0 block upgrade to our current Mission Enhanced Little Bird,” Brig. Gen. John Evans, commander of the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Aviation Command, said at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual summit Friday.

“We expect that to take us into at least the [Future Vertical Lift] time frame,” he said. “I don’t believe we are going to see anything that is going to emerge prior to FVL that would replace the Little Bird.”