Bell 'Invictus 360' Reconnaissance Helicopter | COMANCHE CLONE?
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March 16, 2020 - by Matsimus (see video above)
Bell Helicopters has unveiled a dedicated entry into the United States Army's "Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft" (FARA) program through its Model 360 "Invictus".
The design of this helicopter showcases stealth qualities not unlike the ultimately-abandoned U.S. Army's RAH-66 "Comanche" armed scout stealth helicopter of the 2000s (detailed elsewhere on this site) but brings about all-modern, digitally-driven solutions to the battlefield that include mature stealth capabilities, inherent weapons modularity, enhanced agility through digital Fly-by-Wire (FbW) controlling, and excellent straight-line performance.
The helicopter takes on a wholly sleek appearance with special attention paid to reducing external protrusions. A slight "chine" line is featured running the length of the fuselage.
Bell marketing materials state an operating crew of two (gunner and pilot) with a cruising speed of 180 knots (207 mph) and a range out to 135 nautical miles (155 miles) not including 90 minutes on-station.
An integrated Supplemental Power unit (SPU) aboard the aircraft will...