Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche
      The Comanche RAH-66 is the US Army's new Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter being developed by Boeing Sikorsky. The first flight of the Comanche took place on January 4, 1996. 
     
The airframe is crashworthy and tolerant to 23 mm gunfire. The radar cross section has been minimized, primarily by the precisely shaped fuselage and internal weapons configuration. The helicopter has a composite five-bladed main rotor and a fantail anti-torque system. Two identical cockpits house pilot and co-pilot, which are sealed and have a positive pressure air system for protection against chemical and biological warfare. The cockpit is fitted with a pilotís night vision system from Lockheed Martin and the pilots have a wide field of view Kaiser/Hamilton Standard helmet mounted display for head-up flying. The targets are designated and the weapons fired from collective and sidestick control push buttons. Each integrated cockpit has flat screen liquid crystal displays, a color display for a digital moving map system, tactical situation and night operation display.
     The Comanche carries its weapons internally and has a weapons bay on each side of the fuselage. The missiles are mounted on the weapon bay doors which open sideways. The internal weapon bay can be fitted with Stinger, Starstreak or Mistral air-to-air missiles; TOW II, Hot II or Longbow Hellfire air-to-ground missiles; Sura D 81 mm, Snora 81 mm, Hydra 70 rockets; or the Army Counter Air Weapon System. The number of missiles on each door mounting varies, for example each door will hold three Hellfire or six Stinger missiles. The helicopter can be reconfigured with optional stub wings fitted with multiple weapon pylons which carry an additional four Hellfire or eight Stinger missiles.
     The Comanche is equipped with a stowable three-barrel 20 mm Gatling gun from General Electric. The gun, with up to 500 rounds of ammunition, is mounted on a Giat turret under the nose of the helicopter. The gun is capable of firing 750 or 1,500 rounds per minute.
    
Full-rate production is scheduled to start in the year 2006 but the US Department of Defense has approved an operational capability program which requires six additional Comanche helicopters to be manufactured in the year 2001 for operational testing by the US Army. The US Army requirement is for 1213 Comanche helicopters to enter service from 2006.

RAH-66 Comanche
Standard Series.  1/48th scale.  9/75" rotor spread x 11.5" long.
  No. AHB4D-ST.  Only $159.95    
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