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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Schaefer, Carl George
URN etd-03302010-020156
Title Enhanced energy maneuverability for attack helicopters using continuous, variable rotor speed control
Degree Master of Engineering
Department Systems Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lutze, F. H., Jr. Committee Chair
Blanchard, B. S. Committee Member
Deisenroth, M. P. Committee Member
Trani, A. A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Military helicopters.
Date of Defense 1990-07-02
Availability restricted
Abstract
Although attack helicopter operational roles have in the past traditionally been limited to the anti-armor, air-toground, and close air support missions, the modern attack helicopter is now being promoted as a potential air-to-air machine, especially as counter-air helicopter threats, most notably those being developed by Warsaw Pact nations, are developed and deployed in ever larger numbers. The Soviet Union now has several helicopters that pose a threat to current NATO alliance attack helicopters; the aging, but highly lethal, Mi-24D/E HIND, the recently introduced Mi-28 HAVOC, and the much talked about, and recently revealed, Ka- 34 HOKUM (rumored to be a dedicated air-to-air combat helicopter}, [Anonymous, 198 9] . In the interim, until a dedicated air combat helicopter exists, both the u. S. and other NATO alliance countries are now adapting, arming, and otherwise "converting" many existing attack and scout helicopters to address the counter-air helicopter threat.

...Although the present research is but one alternative in a field flooded with research and development, the author is confident that the concept presented here, when coupled with already existing technologies, will be one viable solution to a problem deserving so much attention.

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