I interviewed Paul Bogosian, head of army aviation acquisition, yesterday at the AUSA convention. We talked about why he thinks the army needs to start developing an all-new new helicopter with breakthrough advances for speed and range compared to today’s technology.
Here’s what Bogosian said about why a new helicopter is needed:
Therehave been a number of studies that have surfaced over the years that havepointed to the disparity of technology investment of rotory wing in the Departmentof Defense relative to TACAIR aviation. They go back to the
era andcompare the forces relative to the number of incidents and losses and injuries.And you see where significant investments in fixed wing tactical fighters haveput them at a much better posture relative to those issues than rotory wingaviation. Vietnam
We stillexperience for the most part the same conditions that we experienced coming outof
.Now, we have more sophisticated platforms. [Current helicopters] have more power,they have more capability, but essentially they operate down in a dirty environmentclose to the fight and they haven’t brought any great new technologies relativeto speed and range. Vietnam
We’realways limited by the fact that conventional rotory wing technology, which iscentered around the ability to hover and to have vertical flight, brings technicallimitations to those other considerations of speed and range.
Now, one ofthe things that TACAIR has done is, by investing in the ability to fly fasterand higher, they have brought a level of survivability to the force that theydidn’t have during the
era. We have not made that same transition yet in rotary wing aviation. Vietnam