Helicopter AAI Penetrator. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter AAI Penetrator. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter AAI Penetrator. Specifications. A photo.


AAI Penetrator - a US military attack helicopter, developed in 1990, the company «American Aircraft International».


Photo AAI Penetrator


The development of the military helicopter model AAI Penetrator American aircraft manufacturers began in the early 80-ies of the last century. To ensure a high level of interest on the part of the American military command, aircraft manufacturers of the company «American Aircraft International» came to a consensus to base the helicopter base Bell UH-1 IroquoisWhich could well prove itself for long-term operation period, and the subtle use of radar shape as the exterior design. In fact, it provides a sufficient and cheap production of military attack helicopters, and greatly increases the helicopters superiority over their predecessors.

The new form of the helicopter although it was quite aerodynamic, though, maneuverability of the helicopter is largely reduced, which effectively deprived the chance of this model to further advance in the US Air force. In addition, there were significant problems with the stabilization of the helicopter at the time of the landing, which was due mainly to the creation of a kind of air cushion at the time of loss.


Helicopter AAI Penetrator


Its first test flight tests of a model helicopter AAI Penetrator been in 1990 year, however, part of the required tests was a failed, dissatisfied that the American military command, which is why the decision was made about the need to close the project. However, aircraft manufacturers of the «American Aircraft International» made one more attempt to create a helicopter AAI Penetrator, however, it is many times increases the cost of the project, making it completely unprofitable.

AAI Penetrator prototype aircraft crew consists of two people - a pilot and a weapons operator, which can control automatic air gun, a class "air-ground" missiles and "air-to-air." Due to the fact that the helicopter was exclusively military purposes, transportation on board any cargo and passenger transportation is not possible.

Helicopter AAI Penetrator is equipped with two gas-turbine aircraft engines brands Lycoming T53-L-11, each of which is capable of traction in 1100 hp, which provided the aircraft sufficiently high flight speed is about 270 km \ .ch (maximum value) while the maximum distance of the following aircraft is 250 kilometers, which did not provide satisfaction criteria by the US air force.

Over the entire period of production, it was built only two helicopters of this model.


Specifications AAI Penetrator.


  • Crew: 2 person;
  • helicopter length: 15,2 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 4,12 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 12,6 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 1750 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 2350 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 240 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 270 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 250 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4720 m .;
  • Powerplant: 2 x Lycoming T53-L-11;
  • Power: 2 x 1100 hp


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