yasotay said:Alas I think X-Hawk is dead. Bell, it seems, has no interest in the program any more.
July 18, 2006
Bell, Partner Look Into Future
They hope to lure contract to develop flying personnel carrier
By Richard Whittle, The Dallas Morning News
FARNBOROUGH, England – Batman might be jealous if he saw a futuristic concept for a flying armored personnel carrier that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and an Israeli partner unveiled Monday.
Bell and Israel's Urban Aerospace are seeking a $500,000 contract from the Office of Naval Research to develop the X-Hawk, a scale model of which was displayed at the Farnborough International Airshow.
The X-Hawk can take off and land vertically like a helicopter, but without the exposed rotors that can make it difficult or impossible for a traditional chopper to operate around buildings or power lines.
Bell and its partner envision selling it for Special Weapons and Tactics teams, special operations troops and rescue squads, who could use it to get to problems fast and enter high-rise buildings from windows high above ground.
It's sort of a flying Humvee, but more streamlined.
Aerospace engineer Rafi Yoeli, president and chief executive of Urban Aeronautics, admitted that the X-Hawk's gee-whiz exterior has been a hindrance during the five years he's been working on it.
"People were thinking, 'Oh, come on, the Jetsons again,' " Mr. Yoeli said.
yasotay said:I think "relinquished all civilian VTOL" is an overstatement. Bell is certainly still aggressively in the civil sector (witness 525). As far as I know the only project that Bell has sold off is the 609 program. This does not preclude Bell from doing more civil tilt-rotor work.
turboshaft said:Then-CEO Dick Millman stated at the time, "How embarrassing...That was a mistake. Built before I got here. I wish we’d never done it," adding that an enemy "could probably throw a couple of rocks at it and break it."
kcran567 said:Would stub wings enhance cruise performance and lift?