Helicopter Bell ARH-70 Arapaho. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter Bell ARH-70 Arapaho. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter Bell ARH-70 Arapaho. Specifications. A photo.


Bell ARH-70 Arapaho - a project of the US military helicopter, developed by corporation «Bell Helicopter» in 2006 year.


Bell ARH-70 Arapaho photo


The light military multipurpose helicopter model Bell ARH-70 Arapaho began to be developed by the American aviation specialists in 2004. To minimize the costs for this project, Bell Helicopter aircraft manufacturers convinced the US military command to use the Bell 407 model helicopter as a base, which proved to be very successful in the commercial sphere of its use. In less than an 2,5 year of work, American designers not only managed to develop a multipurpose aircraft, but also had time to perform its initial tests, which, incidentally, did not lead to the start of a serial production of the helicopter due to a number of problems found during testing.

The main problem of the helicopter model Bell ARH-70 Arapaho was his poor handling, and if in terms of maneuverability of the aircraft did not cause any complaints, then landing on a limited area, the pilot had to have high skills of professionalism, which in fact, is not allowed to use this model in the US regular army, in this connection, the designers of the company «Bell Helicopter» was proposed to improve the model and refine it.

Later, the American aircraft manufacturers have been created three more prototype helicopter Bell ARH-70 Arapaho, but none of them did not have the required aircraft performance parameters, as a consequence. The project was decided to close, however, at the end of the year 2014 appeared anecdotal evidence that the development of the military helicopter Bell ARH-70 Arapaho again continued, however, either by the «Bell Helicopter» manual? either by the American military command, this information is official confirmation was not found.


Photo Bell ARH-70 Arapaho


According to the flight performance Bell ARH-70 Arapaho aircraft model ship, a helicopter was supposed to be equipped with the following types of weapons:

  • Launcher 12,7 mm. gun for suppression of enemy personnel and lightly armored combat equipment;
  • 2 set of rockets to destroy the enemy's armored equipment and places with large concentrations of enemy manpower.


On board his helicopter Bell ARH-70 Arapaho may transport 8 people, including two pilots and six soldiers, or else, they carry equal weight amount of payload that actually gave the helicopter multipurpose use.


Helicopter Bell ARH-70 Arapaho


The power plant helicopter Bell ARH-70 Arapaho includes one gas turbine aircraft engine brand Honeywell HTS900-2 (970 hp), which allows the aircraft to accelerate to speed in 260 km \ h (maximum value), as well as to overcome the distance to 300 kilometers.


Specifications Bell ARH-70 Arapaho.


  • Crew: 2 person;
  • Capacity: 6 people;
  • helicopter length: 10,57 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 3,56 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 10,68 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 1178 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 2268 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 210 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 260 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 300 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 6100 m .;
  • Powerplant: Honeywell HTS900-2;
  • Power: 970 hp



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