1980-09-01

Multi Service Applications for Advancing Blade Concept Aircraft 801226

Information stemming from the flight test program of the XH-59A ABCTM technology demonstrator aircraft has been used to generate a series of new design solutions for Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force applications. Our studies clearly show that - for missions requiring 200 to 300 knot flight speeds combined with: compactness for forward basing or nap of earth operations; superior agility throughout its speed range; low external noise; efficient hover or loiter; one-engine-inoperative hover; rapid and repetitive speed changes; or inherent battlefield survivability - the ABC provides efficient solutions. We present notional solutions for future Army light aircraft (LHX), Army attack VTOL (AHX), Air Force combat search and rescue (HX), Navy ASW, and Marine Corps transport and escort/attack missions.

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