Bell debuts new 360 Invictus attack helicopter
The new helicopter features an articulated main rotor that is partially based on the Bell 525 Relentless.
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — Bell Textron presented its 360 Invictus Attack Helicopter as part of the U.S. Army's Future Reconnaissance Aircraft competition on October 1 in Arlington, Virginia.
The helicopter uses a lift-sharing wing that will reduce the demand on rotor lift during forward flight, according to a news release from the company.
The Invictus 360 features an articulated main rotor that is partially based on the Bell 525 Relentless. The helicopter will have a cruise speed of roughly 185 knots and a hover time of 90 minutes.
The Invictus 360 will be armed with a 20-millimeter cannon and an integrated munitions launcher that is able to fire new weapons as well as current weapons.
The helicopter will also be able to deploy drones from the air.
Bell Textron's Invictus 360 uses a fly-by-wire flight control system equipped with sensors to improve situational awareness. This will reduce the workload of the pilot and could eventually be used for autonomous flight.
The company states that its Invictus 360 represents a low risk, sustainable and affordable option compared to its competitors.
This helicopter is meant to replace Bell Textron's Kiowa Warrior helicopters, which were previously used by the U.S. Army, according to Defense News.
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