RAH-66 ComancheCountry of Origin: United States
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|Type: Reconnaissance / light attack helicopter||Manufacturer: Boeing / Sikorsky Aircraft|
|Armor Material: Composites, alloys||Armor Thickness: n/a|
|Length: 14.28 m overall||Rotor Diameter: 12.19 m|
|Weight: 5600 kg (max takeoff weight)||Maximum Speed: 324 kph|
|Powerplant: 2 x LHTEC T800-LHT-801 turboshafts||Horsepower: 2198 shp each (maximum)|
|Size: 6||Total Actions: 2|
|XM301 3-bbl 20mm autocannon||LAAC||F||2||4||8||16||0||x8||1||+6||-||320|
|AGM-114 Hellfire||HATM||FF||5||10||20||40||+1||x30||1||0||Guided, Ind Fire||4|
|FIM-92 Stinger||See New Weapons||FF||5||10||20||40||+1||x7||1||0||Guided, Missile||4|
|Total of 4 external hardpoints on optional stub wings (use per rules in Technical Manual Second Edition, p. 149 and Banzaidyne New Perks and Flaws)|
|Primary Movement Mode: Flight 0/9/11 (330 kph)||Secondary Movement Mode: Ground 0/0 (0 kph, wheeled landing gear)|
|Maneuver: +2||Armor: 9 / 18 / 27|
|Sensors: +2 / 3 km ground, 30 km air||Communications: +1 / 20 km ground, 200 km air|
|Crew: 2 (Pilot, Weapons System Officer)||Deployment Range: 450 km|
|Perks: Autopilot (AUX), Backup Communications, ECM (IR jammers, Rating 2, AUX), NOE Flyer, Reinforced Crew Compartment, Shielded Weapons, Stealth (Rating 1), Target Designator (base range: 5 hexes, AUX)||Flaws: Cannot Glide, Maximum Ceiling (6000 m)|
|Defects: None||Lemon Dice: 4|
The RAH-66 Comanche was intended as a stealthy scout and light attack helicopter, to replace the OH-58 Kiowa series in U.S. Army service. The unexpected success of unmanned aerial vehicles in combat in the "War on Terror," as well as substantial delays and cost overruns, led to the project's cancellation in February of 2004.
The autocannon has a maximum capacity of 500 rounds, but 320 rounds was the "operational" load for this aircraft.
The Comanche's weapons bay was designed to carry various combinations of Hellfire and Stinger missiles, depending on its mission. Stub wings were also available to further increase the number of missiles carried, though other weapons may also be mounted.
The stats above represent a mixed multimission load; other loads are represented below: