Boeing Is Developing A New High-Speed Apache Gunship With A Pusher Prop On Its Tail
The revised design could be a contender Army's new scout helicopter requirements and help the service keep its Apaches combat capable past 2050
October 27, 2018 - BY JOSEPH TREVITHICK
- The revised design could be a contender Army's new scout helicopter requirements and help the service keep its Apaches combat capable past 2050
Boeing has revealed that it is testing a compound helicopter derivative of its AH-64E Apache Guardian that would be faster, have longer range, and be more fuel efficient than existing gunships. The announcement comes as the Army is exploring the possibility of a new attack and reconnaissance rotorcraftand amid reports that the service may need to dramatically upgrade its existing Apaches to keep them capable and relevant until the armed versions of whatever design wins the Future Vertical Lift competition reach full operational capability.
Jane's 360 was among the first to report the details about the new helicopter development, which Boeing is presently calling the AH-64E Block 2 Compound. The gunship will feature an enlarged main wing, revised engine exhaust arrangement, large vertical tail fin, and a rear-mounted pusher propeller. The design may also feature a new, rigid rotor system, which is a standard feature on other compound helicopter designs.
Boeing has paired with Sikorsky, now part of Lockheed Martin, to offer the SB>1 Defiantcompound coaxial transport helicopter, along with an as yet unnamed gunship derivative...
Sikorsky Boeing - SB1 Defiant Future Vertical Lift Helicopter Simulation [1080p] www.youtube.com
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