Boeing / Sikorsky RAH
2 x LHTEC T800
1 x 20mm Vulcan
Up to 14 x Hellfire ATM or
Up to 56 x 70mm rockets or
Up to 28 x Stinger AAM or fuel (see below)
The Boeing Sikorsky RAH
66 Comanche is the world's most advanced helicopter and the cornerstone of the U.S. Army's Force XXI aviation modernization p
Comanche makes us
e of the latest advancements in aerospace technology, including stealth which has until now been confined to airplanes.
The sophisticated design of the Comanche helicopter allows it to dash to a speed of 175 knots, then cruise at a steady 165.
The futuristic propulsion and navigation design also allows
the helicopter to execute snap turns in 4.5 seconds and fly sideways or backwards at an incredible 70 mph! With a tremendous
power output of 1,432 horsepower from each of it's
turboshafts, the Co
manche climbs at a rate of 1,418 feet per minute.
The Comanche can go to war with up to 14 "Fire and Forget" Hellfire anti
tank missiles, which, once fired, are programmed to control their own flight
to their targets. The helicopter can also de
ploy up to 56 rockets (70mm), or
28 Stinger air
air missiles, to attack fixed and rotary
Alternatively, it can carry two 430
gallon ferry tanks to self
1,260 nm, or crashworthy 230
gallon tanks for more than four hours of
t endurance. Adding to its already immense firepower, the
Comanche also stows a three
barreled, 20 mm turreted nose mini
can shoot 1500 rounds per minute.
To maintain its low "stealth" profile, the Comanche features a fully
retractable missile ar
mament system, enabling it to hide missiles and
rockets in I
RAMS (Integrated Retractable Munitions Systems) bays.
Designed using computer databases, Comanche redefines the helicopter in terms of power, maneuverability, technological sophi
stication, and materials engineering. Twin LHTEC
801 turboshaft engines drive an advanced five
blade, bearingless main rotor which further enhances high performance and agility in
air combat. Its FANTAIL anti
torque tail rotor system lets Co
manche execute amazing maneuvers near impossible for other helicopters.
Comanche also features reconfigurable, fault
tolerant digital missions electronics and on
board diagnostics, Longbow fire
control radar, triple
wire flight control an
d simple, remove
replace maintenance. A wide
mounted display provides flight
information, night vision sensors and a sight system for use with weapons.The Helmet Integrated Display and Sight System (HID
SS) is a biocular
nted display for flight information and night vision sensors and a sight system for use with weapons.
Each crewmember has a helmet providing acoustic and impact protection and a magnetic helmet
tracker on a removable frame. The HIDSS can combine flight s
ymbology with sensor images to
allow aggressive flight maneuvering at night. Display: Bi
Occular, FOV 53? x 30? CRT High resolution tester 1023 line rate.
In addition, the RAH
66's Hands On Grips controls literally let pilots fly and perform mission tasks
with one hand
ever achievement in a
helicopter. The Comanche also breaks new ground in the use of high technology composites to satisfy both Low Observable Techn
requirements and aggressive weight and cost specifications.
Stealth Warrior in
the Digital Battlefield
board computing capability enables Comanche to acquire, process, analyze and disseminate an amount of information unsurpassed
by today's helicopters. Comanche's low
radar signature, high technology composites, special acous
tics design, and a buried exhaust system, make it less observable than today's premier attack and armed reconnaissance
Add to this new generation of passive long
resolution battlefield sensors, digital interconnectivity, to share
data with other members of the combined arms team,
produces a completely integrated targeting, and communications weapon system, facilitating the delivery of quick, coordinated
responses to tactical situations with minimal work
for the pilot.