I really did change my personal text
- Oct 4, 2007
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The other thing is that Army is only asking for 180 knot cruise and 205 knot dash. Such speeds are achievable without the need for an auxiliary propulsor. Army may welcome more speed, but it doesn't appear they will be willing to pay too much to get it. So a swiveling tail rotor or vectored thrust may be considered too much complexity, weight and cost for a FARA bid.I suspect it would be both mechanically simpler (no need for a bendy gearbox) and propulsively more efficient to use a ducted fan and vector the thrust with vanes in the exhaust.I wonder why none of the contenders picked up the "swiveling tail rotor" concept, especially for FARA.