02 Apr '12, 9pm

EADS Bid to Replace the Kiowa Warrior: Well, here you have it, the Armed Aerial Scout 72X+. It’s EADS North Amer...

EADS Bid to Replace the Kiowa Warrior: Well, here you have it, the Armed Aerial Scout 72X+. It’s EADS North Amer...

The AAS-72X or AAS-72X+ could be built and delivered at a cost competitive with the upgrades planned for the Vietnam-era OH-58 Kiowa Warrior and fielded to Army units as early as 2016. This variant is based on the commercial EC-145T2 aircraft which incorporates the more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines with dual channel FADEC, a Fenestron tail rotor for improved anti-torque, an upgraded transmission, the Helionix glass cockpit and avionics suite, and a 4-axis autopilot system. These elements of the AAS-72X+ will offer the Army greater power, range, endurance and payload capacity when operating in 6,000 foot altitude and 95 degree environments, commonly known as “6K/95 high/hot” conditions — the most demanding environment for rotary-wing operations. The AAS-72X+’s performance will exceed the Army’s previously published 6K/95 endurance requirement of 2 hours and 12 minut...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2012/04/02/eads-bid-to-replace-the...

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