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Originally posted by Silly_Intern
I am an intern and I just got tasked with writing a research paper on whether the ARMY LUH UH-72A, UH-145, EC-145 (whatever you want to call it)...
... can be armed and thus "merge" with the requirements for the ARMY ARH. I don't think it's a strange concept that the Key Performance Parameters (KPPs) of both programs could be satisfied with one airframe, under the assumption that you mount Hellfire missiles, 7-shot rocket pods, and .50cal machine gun on the EADS EUROCOPTER UH-72A platform. Can that be done? If so what steps would have to be taken?
I started my googling today and was trying to look up the history behind how an unarmed platform like the original BO-105 becomes an armed platform BO-105P/PAH and then evolves to BK-117 and then to EC-145 (if this is an incorrect sequence please let me know).
/ ] EC 145 (BK 117-C2)
BO 105 ---- EC 135 (BO 108 A1)
Is this the "right" path to conducting research? Can you recommend an alternate path that will lead me to some relevant hits?