AH-1 Lightweight Airborne Launcher Jettison Evaluation.
Final rept. Sep-Nov 80,
ARMY AVIATION ENGINEERING FLIGHT ACTIVITY EDWARDS AFB CA
Pagination or Media Count:
An AH-1S jettison evaluation was made of the M261 19-round M260 7-round pre-production Lightweight Airborne Launcher LWL. Forty-one flights totaling 11.5 flight hours were flown. The jettison characteristics of separation distance, time to clear or LWL motions did not appear to be significantly influenced by airspeed, sideslip angle or rate of descent. Satisfactory jettison envelopes for the pre-production M260 and M261 LWL were defined statically, at a hover, and in pilot perceived coordinated level flight to an airspeed of VH and partial power and autorotational descent to an airspeed of Vmaxglide. The M260 and M261 LWL met the separation criteria of AMCP 706-203.