Prototype for U.S. Army's future reconnaissance helicopter

  • Monday 21, October 2019 07:37 AM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies unveiled their compound coaxial helicopter for the U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance program on April 15.
The compound coaxial helicopter design, or CCH, is to feature a side-by-side cockpit to increase pilot efficiency, according to a joint press release by the two companies.

The CCH will include coaxial rotors and a next generation single engine that

allows the helicopter to operate for longer periods of time in highly contested airspace and in degraded environments.

The companies explained the aircraft engine along with its wing used for lift will make it faster and lighter and increase its combat capabilities. The helicopter will feature twin ducted fans which can provide forward and reverse thrust.

The CCH will have manually foldable rotor blades and wings that reduce the aircraft's size.

After folding rotor blades and wings, the CCH could be transported via a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III or U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers.

Another contender in the military program is the Sikorsky S-97 Raider, which also uses coaxial rotors but uses a push propeller instead of two ducted fans, according to New Atlas.

L3 Technologies President Christopher Kubasik stated that the CCH will provide leap-ahead capability for the U.S. Army at an affordable life-cycle cost.