Polaris helicopter crash in Ecuador is considering returning the remaining six
10 月 27 日 Ecuador Air Force in India,” Polaris “military helicopter crashed
India-based Polaris armed helicopters made
According to RIA Novosti reported, Ecuador Air Force Commander boo Alex has told local media interview that E is considering returning to India six months ago purchased “North Star” helicopter. In the E 27 October 89 to celebrate the founding anniversary of the military parade, one from India to buy the “North Star” suddenly out of control toward the ground, military helicopters, killing two pilots suffered minor injuries.
E Air Force commander said, and may be under the previous contract signed by Hindustan Aeronautics return these helicopters. According to E and India had signed the contract, parties can not be excluded in the event E in the case of serious defects, E the right to return the helicopter.
Ecuador to India last year bought seven “North Star” helicopter, which an also as President Correa’s plane. In the 27′s crash occurred, the E of the Air Force has suspended all helicopter flights.
Ecuadorian military had announced in August this year, the Air Force will begin to update the equipment. Currently, the country is considering buying from Brazil and South Africa, aviation equipment. Earlier, Venezuelan Air Force provided E has six retired law “Mirage -50″ aircraft. In addition, according to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on 29 October in Moscow with President E agreement, Russia will supply two meters to the Eti-171E helicopter.
India, “Polaris” light utility helicopters development program launched in 1984, its development process in a total of over 20 years. The first two “North Star” helicopter until March 18, 2002 before entering the Indian Coast Guard service.
according to materials released by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the “Polaris” the body with a large number of composite materials, can reduce the radar reflection, so as to achieve the purpose of stealth. The demonstration system is also equipped with multi-functional and sturdy landing gear. Machine length 15.87 m, the main rotary vane diameter 13.2 m, Height 4.91 m, take-off weight 5.5 tons, 2.6 tons load, machine containing 14 members, can carry 1.1 tons of fuel. Turbine power systems for the French production of TM3332B2 Machinery Co. engines, can provide 900 kilowatts of power. “Polaris” maximum cruising speed of up to 250 km/h, the maximum flight distance of 650 km, the maximum endurance time of 4 hours. The aircraft’s excellent high-altitude flight capability, personnel can be transported to the elevation of 6,000 meters of altitude.
arm-type “North Star” can be equipped with four air to air missiles or eight anti-tank missiles, in addition, it can also be equipped with 20 mm cannon and unguided rockets and other weapons.
But so far in a series of “North Star” helicopter crash that the aircraft may still have some fundamental design flaws, one has not been recognized Indian producers. (Compass)