ENGINEERING FLIGHT TEST OF THE UH-1C HELICOPTER EQUIPPED WITH THE XM-30 WEAPON SYSTEM
ARMY AVIATION SYSTEMS TEST ACTIVITY EDWARDS AFB CA
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The Army Preliminary Evaluation of the UH-1CXM-30 weapon system was conducted by the U. S. Army Aviation Test Activity at Edwards Air Force Base and Fort Irwin, California. The degradation in level flight performance attributed to the weapon installation was defined and no objectionable flying qualities were encountered during firing or non-firing tests. The armed mission capability of the helicopter was degraded by high levels of stress, vibration, blast, and noise during firing and restrictive limitations were imposed by gun malfunctions and system gross weight. The reliability of the weapon system was poor and should be improved prior to further Army testing.