sweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1823 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6147 times:
Will the X2 program result in anything the military is interested in? This program has been quiet lately, there was an idea of a militarized version of the X2. I think it was a very nice idea, seemed very fast and nimble aircraft, a bit loud though?
Aesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6651 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5405 times:
The X2 was just a demonstrator, it didn't look like anything you could sell (commercially or to a military). The Eurocopter X3 is also a demonstrator, but based on an existing frame. It isn't intended to be sold like that.
Also, the X2 and X3 are both compound helos but they don't work the same way, the X2 uses the twin rotors to dispense with a tail lateral rotor, and to provide lift during forward flight. The X3 has the left propeller turning faster to replace the tail rotor, and stub wings to provide most of the lift during cruise. What would be preferred for a military application, I don't know.
New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
BigJKU From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 881 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5363 times:
Quoting sweair (Reply 2): How far from reality was the comanche when it was cancelled? How much remained to solve? That looked like a very mobile helicopter too.
The Comanche was something that was rightly cancelled. It's mission is no longer relevant as an armed scout. I think they were fairly close to building the thing when it shut down but it just was not practical and survivable in its mission.