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The assembly of the first prototype of the promising high-speed Bell 360 Invictus helicopter began in the USA

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The assembly of the first prototype of the promising high-speed Bell 360 Invictus helicopter began in the USA

In the USA, assembly of the first flight prototype of the promising high-speed reconnaissance helicopter Bell 360 Invictus has begun. As reported by NPlus1 with reference to Flightglobal, the assembly is carried out at the facility of the American company Bell Helicopter in Amarillo, Texas.


Bell Helicopter specialists have begun assembling individual units of the first flight model of a promising high-speed helicopter. In the near future, the company intends to start assembling the fuselage. The first flight of the new helicopter is scheduled for 2022.

The newest promising helicopter is being developed on the basis of the Bell 525 Relentless civilian multipurpose helicopter. From the basic version, he inherited a "glass" cockpit and fully digital control. The body of the helicopter is made using stealth technologies. The helicopter received a wing, which at cruising speed will create up to 50 percent of the lift, as well as a tail stabilizer with movable aerodynamic surfaces.

Bell 360 Invictus was armed with a 20-mm cannon, as well as air-to-surface missiles, some of which are located in the internal compartments. In addition, the helicopter can carry bombs or containers with various weapons or equipment. The speed is 180 knots, or approximately 333 km / h. The helicopter can be transported by C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft.


The Bell 360 Invictus was developed for the FARA (Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft) competition announced by the US military to replace the Bell OH-58 Kiowa light multipurpose reconnaissance helicopter. Currently, its functions are partially performed by the AH-64 Apache percussion unit.
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  1. donavi49
    donavi49 17 October 2020 15: 56
    +7
    In the meantime, 62 billion were cut into the Ka-3,6, and this is only what came to court. The turntable is still in limbo due to the unfavorable climate with sanction pressure.

    The Investigative Committee of Russia started three criminal cases about embezzlement during the construction and design of the Ka-62 helicopter, TASS reports, citing case materials and a source in law enforcement agencies.

    According to the interlocutor of the agency, cases brought against officials of the Kamov company, the Russian Helicopters holding and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The amount of theft is about 3,6 billion rubles., the agency reports. The initiation of cases and the amount of alleged damage to TASS was confirmed by the ex-deputy general director of Russian Helicopters, Lieutenant General Nikolai Gryaznov.

    «The investigation is in an active stage and identifies all the accomplices of the criminal group, including the as yet unidentified officials [of the companies] Russian Helicopters, Kamov and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.- said a source in law enforcement agencies.

    The first of three cases of fraud (Article 159 of the Criminal Code of Russia) was initiated in July 2019, the second - in October of the same year in the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Moscow Region, the basis was the materials of the inspection of the prosecutor's office of the Moscow region and the Economic Security Service (SEB) of the FSB of Russia, specified a source. The third case was opened in September this year. RBC's source in the Investigative Committee confirmed the initiation of a fraud case with damage of 388 million rubles. in October 2019.
    1. Svarog
      Svarog 17 October 2020 16: 32
      +6
      According to the agency's interlocutor, cases were initiated against officials of the Kamov company, the Russian Helicopters holding and the Ministry of Industry and Trade

      Serdyukovshchina ..
    2. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 17 October 2020 19: 54
      +2
      Quote: donavi49
      The investigation is in the active stage and identifies all the accomplices of the criminal group, including the as yet unidentified officials [of the companies]

      But what can I say, write - there are definitely guilty of the watchman with friends from the dachas - the metal was taken away for roofs and fences! (IRONIA)! There are no more guilty ones - everyone is honest and incorruptible!
  2. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 17 October 2020 15: 57
    +5
    Sikorsky Raider-X is a more interesting project. The speed is one third higher. A good option was adopted by a single unified vehicle in the transport (SB> 1 DEFIANT), shock-reconnaissance (Sikorsky Raider-X) and shock versions. Well, of course, in an unmanned strike version, for the ILC, they need a vehicle to accompany the Osprey.
    1. venik
      venik 17 October 2020 16: 29
      0
      Quote: OgnennyiKotik
      Sikorsky Raider-X is a more interesting project.

      ========
      Interesting is interesting! But only there are still problems - "the horse did not roll around" (the day before yesterday on VO the article was: (https://topwar.ru/176116-perspektivnyj-skorostnoj-vertolet-sb1-defiant-ispytali-na-dve-tretih-moschnosti-dvigatelja.html). This is still only a demonstrator. WHAT will come of it? And will it work? This is still a question. Too many scientific and technical questions arise! "It's still pie in the sky!"
      And the Bell 360 Invictus is based on an already flying civilian prototype. according to the classical scheme and is more like a "tit-in-hand". In addition, these are vehicles of DIFFERENT classes: Bell 360 - reconnaissance and shock, and Sikorsky Raider-X - multipurpose with transport functions and possibly shock.
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 17 October 2020 16: 50
        +1
        Quote: venik
        Too many scientific and technical questions arise!

        There are difficulties always and everywhere.
        Quote: venik
        In addition, these are vehicles of DIFFERENT classes: Bell 360 - reconnaissance and shock, and Sikorsky Raider-X

        Confusing projects. Bell 360 and Raider-X share the same reconnaissance and strike class. Created as part of the FARA (Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft) program.
        Quote: venik
        multipurpose with transport functions and possibly shock.
        Here is the S-97 RAIDER multipurpose with transport and shock functions. There is also a "clean" transport SB> 1 DEFIANT.
      2. ZEMCH
        ZEMCH 17 October 2020 17: 28
        0
        Quote: venik
        And the Bell 360 Invictus is based on an already flying civilian prototype. according to the classical scheme and is more like a "tit-in-hand". In addition, these are vehicles of DIFFERENT classes: Bell 360 - reconnaissance and shock, and Sikorsky Raider-X - multipurpose with transport functions and possibly shock.

        We came to the version of the Mi-24 with a lifting aerodynamic wing))) What else will they take from the USSR))
      3. Errr
        Errr 17 October 2020 17: 48
        +4
        Quote: venik
        Quote: OgnennyiKotik
        Sikorsky Raider-X is a more interesting project.

        ========
        Interesting is interesting! But only there are still problems - "the horse did not roll."
        There are no technical problems there, because the idea of ​​creating a horizontal thrust without the help of the main rotor tilt device from the Sikorsky firm is obscenely bearded. You're going to laugh a lot now, but the Sikorsky Raider X has its roots in the Sikorsky S-69 / XH-59A (pictured below), which made its maiden flight on July 26, 1973. smile
        This handsome man was "hacked to death" in 1982 not because of insurmountable technical problems, but for a purely financial reason; Sikorsky refused to pay part of the cost of redesigning the machine (it was proposed to convert the XH-59A to an XH-59B configuration with improved rotors, new power plants (two GE T700s), and a channel pusher propeller in the tail).
  3. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 17 October 2020 16: 03
    -2
    Something is not very fast. At the level of our good cars. The Mi-24 (35), in my opinion, is 310 km / h.
    And the high-speed option is generally 405 !!! And without a push screw.
    1. venik
      venik 17 October 2020 16: 43
      +7
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      The Mi-24 (35), in my opinion, is 340 km / h.

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      Not quite: the most common: Mi-24V - 320 km / h, Fastest: Mi-35P - 335 km / h!
      The Mi-28N and Mi-28NM have 324 ks / h, and the Alligator has 310 km / h.
      These are production vehicles, and the experimental Mi-24LL ("flying laboratory") has a cruising speed of about 360 km / h, and the maximum speed is 410 (!) km / h.
      So, Bell 360 (with its 330 km / h) can hardly be called a "record holder". In addition, we are talking about estimated speed! And what will actually be ..... We will "look".
  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty 17 October 2020 17: 02
    +2
    Everything is as always, the Yankees are jokingly destroying our military equipment, it seems like there were C400s in the forest, as well as a truck at the same time. ... are preparing for war against us.
    1. slipped
      slipped 17 October 2020 17: 13
      -3
      Quote: Thrifty
      it seems like there were C400s in the forest, as well as a truck at the same time.


      How our C-400s stand in reality, and not in advertising foreign cartoons, can be seen on the example of their location at the Khmeimim base. They have never fired yet, and already a couple of hundred different drones have been filled there. laughing
  5. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 17 October 2020 21: 04
    +1
    he inherited a "glass" cockpit and fully digital control


    This is good, you can easily extinguish by means of electronic warfare))