Title page for ETD etd-03302010-020156
|Type of Document
||Schaefer, Carl George
||Enhanced energy maneuverability for attack helicopters using continuous, variable rotor speed control
||Master of Engineering
|Lutze, F. H., Jr.
|Blanchard, B. S.
|Deisenroth, M. P.
|Trani, A. A.
|Date of Defense
Although attack helicopter operational roles have in the
past traditionally been limited to the anti-armor, air-toground,
and close air support missions, the modern attack
helicopter is now being promoted as a potential air-to-air
machine, especially as counter-air helicopter threats, most
notably those being developed by Warsaw Pact nations, are
developed and deployed in ever larger numbers. The Soviet
Union now has several helicopters that pose a threat to
current NATO alliance attack helicopters; the aging, but
highly lethal, Mi-24D/E HIND, the recently introduced Mi-28
HAVOC, and the much talked about, and recently revealed, Ka-
34 HOKUM (rumored to be a dedicated air-to-air combat
helicopter}, [Anonymous, 198 9] . In the interim, until a
dedicated air combat helicopter exists, both the u. S. and
other NATO alliance countries are now adapting, arming, and
otherwise "converting" many existing attack and scout
helicopters to address the counter-air helicopter threat.
...Although the present research is but one
alternative in a field flooded with research and development,
the author is confident that the concept presented here, when
coupled with already existing technologies, will be one
viable solution to a problem deserving so much attention.
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