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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 initiator of the beginning of the development of multi-purpose aircraft made by the representatives of the American aircraft company «Lockheed Martin», which intended to design a highly effective aircraft, able to find the active service in the US Marine Corps. As a fundamental principle, American aviarazrabotchikami Model helicopter AgustaWestland AW101 was chosen, which was previously completely failed to prove the versatility of its use and high reliability, but, look, as well, and his flight performance, has changed for the better, which should make the helicopter Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel more effective 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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