The Commanche is slatted to take the place of the Kiowa. It is mainly a scout attack helicopter which will provide oversight for advancing Mechanized Infantry Divisions and to scout for the Longbow Apache squadrons.
Its original intent was not to be a replacement for not only the Kiowa but also the Apache. But some bunch of Apache lovers got into the program and change its purpose so the Apache can stay around. Its really sad whats going on with the Commanche program because by now some, I said some not all, of the technology in it is old. There are newer generations of the programs inside the helicopter and yet they everytime they try to utilize them for future purposes they get screwed because of thier money keeps getting cut for other military projects that are worthless.
During a recent class on aircraft identification (ACID) we were shown a sweet video of the Comanche. It was facing the camera and flew right to left in a straight line, no tilt, and opened up with every thing she had, the whole time facing the camera. Anyone seen this, or have a link to this video clip?
the Ghost--since when does being named "Ali" make "the enemy" a "Muslim"? Who's stereotyping people now?
Back to the topic, the Comanche is very impressive...but I remember it being in development way back in the late 80's/early 90's, and it still hasn't hit active service. Like most weapons programs these days, this thing is taking forever to get in the air. That's why there are outdated systems in it.
The computer you are using to read this has many times more power than all the systems in any jet fighter now in service, I guarantee it.
what i dont get is the military is spending so much on stealth when it normally flys at 20 so feet where radar wont work. they would need to be in a plane to pick it up on radar yet the us has control of the sky within hours of a campain.