The U.S. Army's Lockheed-built "Cheyenne" helicopter completed its two-and-half-year development programme recently with a spectacular?
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Background: The U.S. Army's Lockheed-built "Cheyenne" helicopter completed its two-and-half-year development programme recently with a spectacular display of its fire power at the Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.
The new attack helicopter is capable of flying at speeds of up to 277 miles per hours (about 450 kilometres). A very maneuverable aircraft, it can fly sideways at more than 40 miles pe??? (about 64 kilometres) and backwards at 35 miles per hour (about 56 kilometres). Its weapons system includes 30mm cannon, 40mm grenade launchers, 7.62mm machine guns, anti-tank missiles and rocket pods. In addition, the Chayenne is equipped with an advanced optical sight system.
This film showing the Cheyenne during a weapons trial in Yuma was shot by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. The Cheyenne, along with two other candidate craft, is now in California for a final evaluation. Later, the Army will make a final decision on which craft is to become the Army's new attack helicopter.
SYNOPSIS: A new United States Army helicopter, the Lockheed-built "Cheyenne", is ready for possible active service after two-and-a-half years of testing and developing. Recently, one of the new machines gave a fire-power test in Arizona -- showing off its weapons system which includes a thirty-millimetres machine gun. In addition, the aircraft can be used to launch missiles and two-point-seven-five-inch rockets.
The helicopter, designs for close air support with ground troops, is one of the fastest in the world -- with forward speeds of up to two-hundred-and-seventy-seven miles per hour. It's also highly maneuverable -- flying sideways or backwards at more than thirty-five mile and hour.