Friday, October 7, 2011
Is this the prototype for the stealth helicopter that was used in the bin Laden raid?
Recently I was sent a photo of a pole-model of a "stealth helicopter" being tested at a radar cross section facility known as RATSCAT/RAMS located in the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Could this be a prototypical test-shape that lead to the "stealth blackhawk" used in the bin Laden raid or is it something else in the works or (maybe) a vintage photo of an early low RCS helicopter UAV concept?
Unlike the tail section left behind in the bin Laden raid - this one looks more like a NOTAR design. However, it's an educated guess the radar data collected from this model may have lead to the design of the Stealth Blackhawk.
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This just in:
Hi Steve & folks,
That picture shows a RCS modell for the Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) program. It seems to be from Lockheed Martin.
The program was cut abruptly in late 2004.
Pictures and Source: http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1966.0/all.html
IMHO, maybe it became a black program and some parts like the rotor might used for the "MH-60? Silent Hawk" ;) !
Have a nice weekend! :)
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Posted by Steve Douglass at 6:02 AM