Type: Two Seat Reconnaissance/Attack and Air Combat Helicopter
Summary: The Comanche is the newest attack helicopter expected to enter service in 2004. The helicopter uses much of the same technology as the F-22 Raptor. It is specially designed to maintain stealth. It is designed to operate on a first shoot, first kill basis, which involves detecting the enemy first. This is very similar idea to that of the Raptor. The 5-blade rotor, powered by two LHTEC T-800-LHT-801 turboshafts, 1,068kW (1,432shp) ratings, are specifically designed to cut the noise down to an unbelievably quite flight. The Comanche packs an unbelievable sting with its 20mm cannon capable of firing up to 750 rounds/min, (500 can be carried at once). It also has internal bays that can carry 6 Hellfires or 12 Stingers missiles as well as Hydra 70, 2.75mm rockets. The Comanche can also make use of an external carrier system allowing for another 8 Hellfires, 16 Stingers, rockets, and other weapons. The helicopter can fly n any weather. The pilots are also protected from chemical warfare in the cockpit. The Comanche is the most lethal helicopter in the Army today and is truly a weapon of the 21st century.
History: In 1981 the United States Army wanted a light, attack helicopter designed. Over time the Army plans and requirements changed. Proposal of a helicopter was put forth on June 21, 1988. On April 5, 1991, Boeing Sikorsky was chosen to make 4 prototypes, which were reduced to two in December 1994. The helicopter prototypes have been built and are still in the testing process. The government wants the program to finish soon.
L:14.28m (46’ 10.25’’) MCS: 175kt (324km/h, 201mph)
H: 3.37m (11’ 10.75’’) MSL: N/A
WO: 2.31m (7’7’’) SC: N/A