AH-64D Apache - Page 4




 
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January 25th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
I think the Apache's fine.
Just because the RAH-66's program was closed doesn't mean all the research disappears.
January 25th, 2005  
FO Seaman
 
 
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Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
That A-10's GAUs are too powerful for helicopters. That stuff. You know the A-10 seriously starts to bleed speed when it fires that thing? Not to mention, you can forget about trying to put it on a swivel mount!
Yup two tons of recoil.
January 25th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
You all also have to realize that the mission of the Comanche was to compliment the Apache, not replace it. The Comanche was a reconnaisaince and light-attack helicopter whereas the Apache was to be used as the main attack helicopter. But with the advent of UAVs; now instead of 52 billion dollar choppers you can strap 2 helfire missiles and a camera on a $100,000 remote controlled plane.

The Comanche reminds me very much of the Nazis' 80cm 'Gustav' railgun. Both where very technologically advanced for their time but actually served(serve) a purpose that can be better done by many smaller/cheaper items, and due to how expensive they are they where(would be) they are(would) actually detract from the potential effectiveness of their respective armies.

Like I said, killing the comanche project was the smartest thing the beancounters ever did.
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January 26th, 2005  
Knightraptor
 
Even though that cancelled the program, they probably learned a great deal about lots of stuff. We can expect some of those concepts to be evident in future helo or other system designs. I personally think we should have kept a few around. I mean, one thing UAVs are known for, is the tendancy to give the controller tunnelvision. In a helo you have a little more situational awareness. But I guess the pros of using a UAV outweign the cons.
January 26th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
No, you can't build military things like that. There is A LOT of capital that has to be put up right up front (basically a giganitc downpayment) before you even crank out the first chopper. Exactly how many factories in the world are making stealth helicopters with avionic control that makes the F-117 look like the commodore 64? There answer is 0.

So you have to go out and build all this specified equipement and hire all these eggheads and engeneers to figure out how to build it, then you have to hire all the brilliant college grads with 6 figure salaries to actually make the thing.

All before you even buy the materials to build the first chopper. Each Comanche would cost about the size of our nat'l deficit if you're only building a single squadron! That's why the military buys hundreds or thousands of items over a long period of time, so that initial cost can be spread out over lots of time and lots of units.
January 26th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Yup, not worth the price.

By the way, the problem with the "tunnel vision," most people who play flight sims on their games have to deal with it too, but they can get from one place to the other without problem. I don't think it'll be too difficult to have a 360, even a sphereical view of what the plane is seeing. All you need is the cameras in the right places and the right sort of "cockpit" layout.