It turns out the Bell Model 608 wasn't a part of LAMPS, but an earlier program called LASH. I just discovered this program at SPF in a comment from Stephane.
Anyone know more about it?
Wow, this one is news to me. Will try to find what I can online.
It should be noted this lesser-known program predates LAMPS (Mk.I of which began in October 1970), somewhere in the 1960's timeframe, as evedent by this Vertiflite article dated 1968:
The more I read into it, the more I come to the conclusion that LASH shortly became LAMPS around the time the UH-2 Seasprites were re-engined with more powerful T58s. As far as I can tell, the naval requirements are not very different. Here the navy was in the late 60s with the urgent need of light ASW helicopter to assist surface fleets, so they issue the request for development of a helicopter fitted for the role.
Now, the Seasprite wasn't selected until October 1970 of the LAMPS program. Unless LASH only indicated the class of aircraft, I assume it was an early conception of LAMPS, before possible changes were made that allowed the selection of the Seasprite as the dedicated LAMPS I airframe.
I admit, at least some of that makes sense. Remember that Hughes submitted a navalized OH-6 to the program in 1969, obviously before the UH-2 came into the picture. It was definitely a light bird, and did carry ASW equipment to LAMPS standard, even though the program seems to have bore that acronym a year later.
But, of course, the OH-6 was quite a stretch. Sure it was light and all, but it was far too small. Perhaps this is where requirements were either changed or clarified a bit more, which eventually led to the selection of the UH-2?
SuperStallion wrote:As far as I can tell, the naval requirements are not very different.
As far as I can tell, the naval requirements are not very different.
Do you have a source to support this? I would love to see the details regarding the LASH program requirements.
This is the first time I 've heard of an actual LAMPS type program shortly before the acronym was coined. Though your posts are clearly guesswork, I think they are the most plausible explanations as to what came of it. Thanks for this.
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Bell 608 stuff: