Targeting and fire control system analysis of the New Turkish Attack Helicopter "The AH-1Z Kingcobra"
Reyhan, Gokhan Lutfu
Duren, Russell W.
Cooper, Alfred W.
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In May of 1997, the Turkish Military issued a Request for Proposal for the purchase of 145 attack helicopters. Turkey has chosen Bell Helicopter's KingCobra as its attack helicopter. The major difference between the USMC version of AH-1Z and the Turkish version KingCobra is the Targeting and Fire Control System. Bell Helicopter Textron has chosen Lockheed Martin to develop and build a new targeting system, the Target Sight System (TSS). The TSS will contain Lockheed Martin's 3-5 micrometers midwave staring array FLIR. On the other hand, the Turkish Secretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) has chosen Aselsan ASELFLIR-300T that contains an 8-12 micrometers longwave scanning second-generation FLIR. A comparison of range performance for these two systems has been made using the TAWS Field Performance Model. Since the physical parameters on these specific FLIRs are proprietary, the FLIR92 Simulation Model is used to generate performance parameters. These parameters are expected to represent the general characteristics of the two systems. The resultant data is used in the TAWS Field Performance Model to predict the range performances. The results have showed that the staring array midwave FLIR has longer ranges in the scenarios given in this thesis. This may not represent the real performance of the systems.
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