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For the similar scout helicopter, see AH-6 Little Bird

A Hughes OH-6 lifting off in reality

The Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (nicknamed "LOACH", after the requirement acronym LOH - Light Observation Helicopter) is a single-engine light helicopter with a four-bladed main rotor used for personnel transport, escort and attack missions, and observation. It was developed into the AH-6 Little Bird.

Battlefield Vietnam[]

"OH-6 Loach is a scout helicopter used by the USMarines. It's fast and agile, armed with chain guns and can be used to spot for artillery strikes."

— 1.1 patch notes

The OH-6 Loach is issued to the USMC as a scout helicopter in Battlefield Vietnam. It is similar to the Cobra in function and performance. It has space for two players: one pilot who drives the vehicle and is armed with two M134 Dillon Miniguns and can spot targets for artillery similar to Binoculars.

The OH-6 is fast and easily maneuverable, and has light armament, as it works well against infantry, making it ideal for hit-and-run mission. Compared to the other US attack helicopter, the AH-1 Huey Cobra, it lacks significantly in firepower (specifically in the anti-tank area), and therefore cannot engage armored units at all, but its machine guns can make it more suitable for aerial combat, as it's easy to miss an enemy helicopter with rockets.

When compared to its NVA counterpart — the Ka-25 Hormone, the OH-6 Loach has superior maneuverability and speed, the ability to have a second engineer weapon of choice (an engineer can repair in-flight) and is a smaller target. However, the Ka-25 has superior armament against vehicles and infantry.