posted on Sep, 29 2003 @ 07:17 AM
Seeing as no one has really mentioned the Comanche for some time, and seeing as the official website recently underwent a major revamp, I wanted to
bring two of the previous "questionables" into the light again.
During the first few years after the public unveiling of this helicopter, there was little more information available than to suggest three things
apart from stealth:
2. Advanced technological/computer integration
It would appear they are finally bringing mission possibilities to us with some albeit digital images (but nice artwork nonetheless).
The RAH-66 consumes only 4.4 percent of the U.S. Army's research, development, and acquisition (RDA) budget during the development phase (1995-2003)
More importantly, the 20-year life-cycle costs of a Comanche force is within 30 percent less than an upraged current fleet while providing 5.4 times
RAH-66 provides a reduction in operating and support costs, a saving of $20 billion over 20 years.
A Comanche force would represent a fleet cost savings of $1 million per flight hour.
19 major studies and three COEA's have come to the same conclusion:
RAH-66 is the most cost-effective weapons system for armed recon and attack.