U.S. Army after 20 years may face the dilemma can be no new helicopters
data for: “Comanche” helicopter developed over several years, but eventually dismount
[United States, "National Defense" magazine article] the April issue: “Section Manci “troubled by the new project the shadow of the helicopter’s development work
U.S. Army Air Force officials want a number of new helicopters — not now, but 20 years later. 20 years sounds like a very long, but the Army rotary-wing aircraft development work is in fact not too long.
U.S. Army Air Force Commander, said Anthony 克拉奇菲尔 Dezhun Jiang, Army Air Force in 2030 need to develop a new type of rotary wing aircraft, the work must be started as soon as possible.
his seminar at the Army Aviation Association, said: “I do not want my grandchildren are still driving UH-60 ‘Zulu’ helicopter.”
AH-64 ” Apache “helicopters and UH-60″ Blackhawk “helicopter service period will end around 2040, while the CH-47″ Chinook “helicopters and OH-58″ Kiowa Warrior “helicopter, will be held in 2035 years and retired in 2025.
Crutchfield said: “When they all retired, we must be ready at hand an alternative.” He said, developed a new helicopter to replace the four models is the 2030 deadline.
four helicopter fuselage design can be traced back 50 years ago, used or commonly referred to as the “Vietnam War” technology.
helicopter experts say the current problem is that the Army did not put money into a new generation of VTOL aircraft in need of cutting-edge technology.
Crutchfield said the new challenges facing the helicopter program in the past has been a technology and military development in the long process of changing requirements. In the development cycle to add new requirements often lead to project failure.
be canceled, “Comanche” project is one example. The project lasted 22 years, only two prototypes developed. Crutchfield pointed out that the 1950s developed the “Huey” helicopters from the initial concept to delivery took 8 years. He also said, just give this project named “Comanche” It took eight years.
former Army Air Forces, said project manager Paul Luo Boge Xi’an, unless the increase in the current work on rotary wing aircraft R & D investment, or Army Air Force will be completely unaware that they can get from him what the next generation of helicopters.
originally used for “Comanche” project funds have been invested in new technology in a conventional helicopter, these techniques were later applied to the “Chinook”, “Black Hawk” and “Apache” helicopter on.
Teal Group Corporation is responsible for analysis Richard Aboulafia, vice president, said: “The helicopter procurement funding is staggering, and the helicopter technology and development funding is almost non-existent. “He added:” I think they need to start thinking about next move. “In this decade, the helicopter will maintain a high level of production, but after 2019 will be drastically reduced, because there is no next-generation helicopter program.
Aboulafia said: “be wise to think about what to do next, the next generation of important new models or variants of a financing.”