While President Obama has decided not to release a photo of deceased terror leader Osama bin Laden, military have released a series of photos from the raid that got the 9/11 mastermind, including one that may have revealed a secret new military helicopter. For those who haven't heard the details released about the raid, Navy Seals went in to the compound in three choppers. One of the choppers clipped a wall on the way in and wasn't able to take off again, so it was destroyed as the teams left the compound with bin Laden's body.
A picture was released, it turns out, that shows the tail rotor of the chopper just before it was destroyed, and the picture reveals features unfamiliar to sources with knowledge of military vehicles. According to Aviation Week, “A previously undisclosed, classified stealth helicopter apparently was part of the U.S. task force that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1.” The chopper, according to sources, appears to be a highly modified version of the Sikorsky UH-60, which has been the Seals' preferred chopper for more than 30 years.
Stealth technology on helicopters has been around for years, but the fact that a secret chopper was used illustrates the importance of this operation. Low radar visibility was essential,as Pakistani forces were not alerted that the raid was happening. If the choppers had been detected, Pakistani officials almost certainly would have scrambled fighter jets or fired surface-to-air missiles at the unknown targets. The fact that the chopper's existence was classified would also explain why the soldiers didn't hesitate in destroying it as they left the compound.