Bell Textron Launched The Bell 360 ​​Invictus Concept As Future Air Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) – Bell Textron, a helicopter manufacturer company from the United States launched the latest attack helicopter concept, named the Bell 360 Invictus. These attack helicopters are intended as special attack helicopters assigned to enter small special forces teams behind enemy lines. The Bell 360 ​​Invictus helicopter is one of five candidates who will replace the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter from the US Army Fleet.

The conceptual design of the Bell 360 ​​Invictus will compete with other attack helicopter designs made by the companies AVX Aircraft, Boeing, Karem Aircraft and Sikorsky in meeting the requirements of the US Army's competition for Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). To meet or exceed competition and timeline requirements, Bell uses his experience with the Kiowa Warrior and Future Vertical Lift (FVL) projects as part of the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration (JMR TD) to produce small, low-cost efficient airframe JMR TDs.

 Bell 360 ​​Invictus Concept As Future Air Reconnaissance Aircraft

The main thing about the construction of the Bell 360 ​​Invictus helicopter is the Inarticulated fully articulated rotor system, which is derived from the Bell 525 Relentless rotor which can operate at speeds of more than 200 Knots True Air Speed ​​(KTAS) (370 km / hour). Using the rotor system will provide Bell 360 ​​Invictus cruise speeds of performance in excess of 185 KTAS (343 km / h), while the lift-sharing wing takes some pressure from the rotor to allow high-speed maneuvering.

The Bell 360 ​​Invictus attack helicopter will have a combat range of 135 nm (250 km) with an on-station time of 90 minutes and 1,400 lb (640 kg) of payload. In addition, this helicopter will be able to drift out of the ground effect at 4,000 feet (1,200 m) at 90° F (33° C). The helicopter will also be equipped with additional power units to handle high power requirements and a fly-by-wire flight control system that can be upgraded for greater agility.

 Bell 360 ​​Invictus Attack Helicopter Concept

As an attack helicopter, 360 Invictus will be armed with a 20 mm cannon, integrated ammunition launcher, integration of air-launched effects, and can send an inventory of current US Army weapons. This is supported by enhanced situational awareness and sensor circuits. Vince Tobin, executive vice president of Military Business at Bell said that "Bell 360 will provide situational awareness of sophisticated battlefields, as well as lethal options, to support the strength of maneuvers at affordable costs."

The company is confident that the Bell 360 Invictus will meet all competition requirements for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). The competitive US prototype FARA prototype program uses rapid-tracked development to get the successor to the Bell Warrior Ki OH-58D helicopter to begin operations in 2030.

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