Accession Number:

ADA024727

Title:

Army Preliminary Evaluation JOH-58A Helicopter with Low Reflective Paint and Infrared Countermeasure Exhaust System

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jul-14 Oct 1975

Corporate Author:

ARMY AVIATION ENGINEERING FLIGHT ACTIVITY EDWARDS AFB CA

Report Date:

1975-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

106.0

Abstract:

The United States Army Aviation Engineering Flight Activity conducted an Army Preliminary Evaluation of a JOH-58A helicopter painted with a low reflective paint and equipped with a prototype infrared countermeasure exhaust system from 1 July through 14 October 1975. The testing was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base and at Point Mugu Naval Air Station, California. Results of these tests were compared with test results from earlier evaluations of the OH-58A performance and handling qualities characteristics and with preliminary base- line testing performed during this evaluation. One deficiency and two shortcomings were noted during this evaluation. Although not classified as a deficiency or shortcoming, the most significant finding in this evaluation was the serious degradation in hover and level flight performance when the rotor blades are painted with low reflective paint.

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters
  • Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE