News > The Armed Aerial Scout 72X's latest evolution is revealed
April 2, 2012
A new variant of the Armed Aerial Scout 72X combat helicopter â€“ which would be manufactured by American Eurocopter at its Columbus, Mississippi facility â€“ was unveiled today.
Called the AAS-72X+, this improved-performance aircraft â€“ along with the AAS-72X â€“ are being offered for the U.S. Armyâ€™s armed scout mission requirements by EADS North America.Â It is an armed derivative of the U.S. Armyâ€™s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, which is built at Columbus by American Eurocopter, with more than 210 delivered to date.
The AAS-72X+ variant is based on the commercial Eurocopter EC-145 T2 rotorcraft, which incorporates more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines with dual channel FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control), a Fenestron tail rotor for improved anti-torque, an upgraded transmission, the Helionix glass cockpit and avionics suite, and a 4-axis autopilot system.Â
These elements of the AAS-72X+ will offer the Army greater power, range, endurance and payload capacity when operating in 6,000 foot altitude and 95 degree environments, commonly known as â€ś6K/95 high/hotâ€ť conditions â€“ the most demanding environment for rotary-wing operations.
The AAS-72X+â€™s performance also will exceed the Armyâ€™s previously published 6K/95 endurance requirement of 2 hours and 12 minutes plus a 20 minute fuel reserve, while carrying a 2,800 pound useful payload for mission equipment and crew.Â
It builds on the three Armed Aerial Scout Technical Demonstrator Aircraft (TDA) already developed, tested and flown, using EADS North Americaâ€™s own research and development investment.
The AAS-72X or AAS-72X+ could be built and delivered at a cost competitive with upgrades planned for the Vietnam-era OH-58 Kiowa Warrior and fielded to Army units as early as 2016.
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