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The helicopter Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel. Specifications. A photo.
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The helicopter Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel. Specifications. A photo.

The helicopter Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel. Specifications. A photo.

 

Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel - US military transport multipurpose helicopter developed by the company «Lockheed Martin», «AgustaWestland» and «Bell Helicopter» in 2007 year.

 

Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrela photo

 

The initiators of the development of the multipurpose aircraft were the representatives of the American aircraft building company Lockheed Martin, who intended to design a highly efficient aircraft capable of finding active operation in the US Marine Corps. As the primary basis, the American aircraft designers chose the model of the helicopter AgustaWestland AW101, which previously could prove the versatility of its application and high reliability, however, the appearance, as well as its flight performance, changed for the better, which was to make a helicopter Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel is more efficient in terms of its operation.

The helicopter Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel began to be developed in 2001 year, however, despite the fact that the aircraft climbed for the first time in the air within 6 years, the project is not got much popularity and the main reason for this was the disproportionate cost of the aircraft, made according to 2008 year, about 400 million. However, the aircraft company «Lockheed Martin» still managed to build 7 aircraft, including also a prototype, part of which has taken over the service in the US Marine Corps.

 

A photoLockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel

 

The helicopter model Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel has a more aerodynamic shape than the model AgustaWestland AW101, in the image and likeness of which the maintenance of the aircraft and was created. Good aerodynamics helicopter Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel allowed him to accelerate to higher speeds, consume less fuel and be more maneuverable, which in turn has provided a number of improved flight performance.

Due to the relatively high cost of the project in 2009 helicopter Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel was officially closed, as in fact, the use of other models of aircraft of this class was not only more profitable, but no less effective.

At its board helicopter model Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel can carry out transportation 18 people, including 4 crew and 14 soldiers, however, in addition to the transport of persons, aircraft and actively applied and used to transport various types of goods, provided that the maximum take-off helicopter weight is not exceeded.

 

HelicopterLockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel

 

The power plant of Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel model includes three gas turbine engine of the brand General Electric CT7-8E, each of which has its own traction in 2520 hp, which provides an opportunity to accelerate the aircraft to a maximum airspeed in 310 km \ h . Maximum the same distance that the helicopter Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel can perform flights is 1390 kilometers.

 

Specifications Westland 30.

 

  • Crew: 4 person;
  • Capacity: 14 people (depending on layout);
  • helicopter length: 19,54 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 6,62 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 18,6 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 10500 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 15600 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 280 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 310 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 1390 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4575 m .;
  • Powerplant: 3 × General Electric CT7-8E;
  • Power: 3 × 2520 hp

 

 

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