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The American company Bell Helicopter has submitted a draft of a new helicopter reconnaissance for the U.S. army
The American company Bell Helicopter has submitted a draft promising high-speed helicopter-scout Bell 360 Invictus (the landfill in Arlington, Virginia), which it intends to offer the U.S. Army in the framework of the tender FARA. The company is a Corporation Textron. According to Defense News, the company plans to present full-size mock helicopter on 14 October 2019 at the exhibition of the Association of the U.S. Army.
FARA contest is conducted by the U.S. Army as part of a broader tender FVL, involving the development and production of five types of new aircraft of army aviation: from reconnaissance and light shock medium to heavy transport. The contest winner will need to create a helicopter that can fly not speed of 205 knots (380 kph).
In April of this year, the U.S. Army concluded with five companies contracts to develop projects of high-speed helicopter reconnaissance in the future will have to replace decommissioned OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Agreements were signed with companies Aicraft AVX, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Karem Aircraft and Sikorsky. All participants will be required to protect the projects of the new helicopters by 2020.
In Bell Helicopter announced that their helicopter reconnaissance will be developed on the basis of the civil multipurpose helicopter Bell 525 Relentless. From the base case, the new machine will inherit a glass cockpit and a fully digital control. The body of the helicopter will be performed using technologies malosemenovsky.
Bell 360 will be able to fly at a speed of 180 knots (333,4 km / h). The car will get the wing, which in cruising speed will be limited to 50 percent of the lift. The helicopter will also receive a tail stabilizer with movable aerodynamic surfaces. The first helicopter flight is scheduled for 2022.
The helicopter will be armed aircraft gun of 20 millimetres and can carry missiles, bombs, and containers of weapons. Bell 360 can be transported by cargo planes C-17 Globemaster III. Externally, the car resembles a promising attack helicopter RAH-66 Comanche, which in the 1990-ies engaged in the consortium of Boeing and Sikorsky.
Informed their projects helicopter reconnaissance has publicly presented the two companies. One of them — Sikorsky — already conducting flight tests of the advanced helicopter. AVX Aircraft presented their project in April 2019. Aircraft building concern Boeing has refused public presentation of their project, citing tough competition from other participants.
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