Thu, Feb 10, 2005
...Its Technology Lives On
By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien
When handed lemons, good engineers make lemonade, and that's
just what Sikorsky has done with the remnants of the RAH-66
Comanche program, cancelled last year (and still in close-out
negotiations between the Pentagon and contractors, including
project lead Sikorsky).
Lessons learned from the Comanche rotor system, which Sikorsky
called a "Gen III" rotor, have been incorporated in other machines'
rotor systems, including the S-92, the UH-60M upgrade, and the
Fly-by-wire expertise honed on Apache is now designing a
fly-by-wire system to meet Canadian demands for the Canadian
Maritime Helicopter project (the Sikorsky S-92 won the
It was a terrible blow losing the Comanche contract, which was
20 times the size of the higher profile Marine One competition. But
the technology used in the ill-fated Comanche keeps resurfacing in
Sikorsky's commercial and military aircraft.
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