Interesting thing, it seems the configuration we see flying was originally in model form at Paris Air Show in June 2001 back when it was known as the LAH (light attack helicopter). I recall them abandoning the original idea and going for the smaller concept with the Dhruv airframe, in which a full-scale mockup was made (see attachment). But it looks like they went for the original design after all.
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Pepper wrote:You can really see the difference in the design compared to the mock-up in Stingray's post.
You can really see the difference in the design compared to the mock-up in Stingray's post.
Lightly, still looks pretty similar. The nose is longer and the co.ckpit is smoother, also the Dhruv airframe doesn't stand out as much as it did in the first mockup.
Love this helicopter! The perfect competitor to China's Z-10!
-- Edited by Air_Gopher on Thursday 24th of February 2011 08:57:19 PM
Makes sense especially since the aircraft is almost ready for service, just need to fulfil some more little military requirements.
Hell, looks like it's ready NOW.
Nice digital camo scheme.
supermaneuvarable wrote:Makes sense especially since the aircraft is almost ready for service, just need to fulfil some more little military requirements.
Or just general flight requirements. The poor thing would suffer from drag from exposed fixed landing gear, so the fairings should give it more agility.
-airfoil- wrote:Production version or another prototype?
Production version or another prototype?
Lack of the proposed fairngs suggest a prototype.
-- Edited by Stingray on Sunday 13th of March 2011 11:33:11 PM
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