AUSA2011: Boeing displays ideas for next-gen rotorcraft

The US Army wants to buy a new family of high speed rotorcraft by 2030. Four companies have been awarded study contracts by the Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) — AVX Corp, Bell Boeing, Boeing and Sikorsky.

Three of the four concepts were on display in the exhibit hall of the Association of the US Army’s (AUSA) annual convention in Washington DC. It was especially nice to see Boeing’s future rotorcraft concepts, which we had not seen before this event.

Boeing future rotor.jpgBottom-left image seems similar to the Piasecki X-49 Speed Hawk, and we’re told the pusher propeller can swivel for anti-torque capability.

The next image shows a growth version of a conventional CH-47 Chinook.

The third image from left to right shows Boeing’s futuristic DiscRotor concept, which is being funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA.)

The upper-right image is a second-generation tiltrotor by Bell Boeing, which we’ll write more about later today.


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