Army ends 20-year helicopter program: Well, that’s kind of a bummer.
With about $8 billion already invested in the program, and the production line not yet started, the cancellation is one of the largest in the history of the Army. It follows the Pentagon’s decision in 2002 to cancel the Crusader artillery program — against the wishes of Army leaders.
The Comanche was a gee-whiz tech platform that dreams are made ff.
…the Comanche has been tailored to the role of armed scout. It is smaller and lighter than the Apache — 43 feet long and 7,700 pounds compared with 51 feet and 11,400 pounds — and its composite airframe incorporates stealth technology to evade detection. The Comanche’s very sophisticated detection and navigation systems would allow it to operate at night and in bad weather […] the Army has designed the Comanche so that it can fit more easily than the Apache into transport aircraft or onto transport ships to be deployed to hot spots quickly. If transport assets were not available, the Comanche’s range of 1,260 nautical miles would even allow it to fly to battlefields overseas on its own.