RAH-66 Comanche: America’s perfect but ill-fated super helicopter
RAH-66 Comanche was developed by two “big guys” in the world aviation field, Boeing Helicopter and Sikorksy Corporation.
The RAH-66 Comanche prototype took off for the first time on January 4, 1996, and the second prototype took off for the first time on March 30, 1999.
The RAH-66 Comanche has a very advanced aerodynamic design to minimize the radar response area.
Calculations show that the radar response area of the RAH-66 Comanche is 360 times smaller than that of the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.
The tail rotor of the RAH-66 Comanche is integrated with the fuselage in a circular upper frame with stabilizing blades.’
The RAH-66 is equipped with a complex avionics system that allows the helicopter to operate day and night even in bad weather conditions.
RAH-66 Comanche is equipped with a comprehensive electronic ωλɾʄλɾɛ system including: AN/AVR-2A(V) laser warning receiver, ITT AN/ALQ-211 SIRCM radio jamming system and jamming devices other infrared interference.
The RAH-66 Comanche is armed with a 20mm XM301 cannon located under the nose, 2 internal ωɛλρσɳs bays that can carry 6 AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles, or 12 AIM-92 Stinger low-altitude anti-aircraft missiles.
In addition, the RAH-66 Comanche can also carry four more AGM-114 missiles or eight AIM-92 missiles on two side wings.
The RAH-66 Comanche is equipped with two T-800-LHT-801 tuboshaft engines with a capacity of 1,432 horsepower each. This propulsion system helps the helicopter reach a maximum speed of 324km / h.
In particular, the RAH-66 Comanche has an operating range of up to 2,200km, this range is equivalent to a fighter.
The tactical characteristics of the RAH-66 Comanche make it worthy of the most advanced attack reconnaissance helicopter in the world and almost unrivaled. However, due to being too modern, RAH-66 soon “died prematurely”.
The manufacturing costs are too expensive while the unmanned reconnaissance aircraft have proven effective, causing the RAH-66 Comanche to be officially “deathed” on February 23, 2004. At the time of “death”, the two RAH-66 prototypes cost $ 6.9 billion, counting out to $ 3.45 billion each.