The U.S. army concluded with the American companies Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky contracts for the development and testing of prototypes of promising high-speed helicopter reconnaissance. As writes Flightglobal, after testing prototypes that will be completed no later than the fall of 2023, the us military will conclude with one of the companies the contract on completion of its helicopter and serial delivery of vehicles to the army.
Contracts with Bell and Sikorsky was concluded in the framework of the competition, FARA conducted by the U.S. Army as part of a broader tender FVL. This tender includes the development and production of five types of new aircraft of army aviation: from reconnaissance and light to medium shock heavy transport that can compete in capacity with the transport planes.
The contest FARA, the winner will need to create a helicopter that can fly not speed of 180 knots (333 kilometers per hour). The new machines will have to fill the niche vacated after the cancellation of light reconnaissance helicopter OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.
Still in the competition FARA participated by five companies. In addition to Bell and Sikorsky their own versions of high-speed helicopter reconnaissance military offered to AVX Aircraft, Boeing and Karem Aircraft.
Sikorsky is engaged in development of the helicopter Raider-X. It is created by coaxially scheme with a pusher propeller. The helicopter will be able to exceed a speed of 205 knots (380 kph). The body of the helicopter will be executed “faceted” to reduce its effective area of scattering. The car also will apply to other technologies malosemenovsky.
The helicopter will be performed with landing pilots side by side. Behind the cockpit is placed a universal unit that can carry troops or weapons. Promising the car will be 27 percent more than a prototype high-speed helicopter reconnaissance S-97, currently undergoing flight tests.
Bell Helicopter engaged in the creation of the Bell helicopter 360 Invictus. This machine is created on the basis of the civil multipurpose helicopter Bell 525 Relentless. From the basic version of the new helicopter 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.