Boeing said that during the recent flight, which lasted less than 20 minutes, the aircraft was flown at low speeds and performed forward, rearward and sideward maneuvers.
"This first AH-6 flight in the production configuration takes us closer to delivering an advanced light attack and reconnaissance helicopter that meets the needs of defense forces around the world," said Boeing AH-6 Program Director Scott Rudy.
The single-turbine AH-6i has a top speed of 176 miles per hour and a range of 267 miles. It can carry a 30mm cannon and two machine guns in addition to rockets and anti-tank missiles. The aircraft is a variant of the AH-6M helicopter operated by the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces and utilizes advanced technologies from Boeing’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopter.
The first flight in standard production configuration follows resolution of a dispute between Boeing and MD Helicopters over the aircraft’s basic design, Boeing said.
Testing to expand the aircraft’s flight envelope will be conducted over the next few months.
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