Representatives of the Boeing Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche program and the US Army have signed contract documents to officially launch a $3.1 billion engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase for the Comanche program.
During EMD, the Comanche Team will test and qualify the aircraft, including the fully integrated digital mission equipment package and advanced cockpit management system incorporating navigation, communication and target acquisition capabilities.
The program will manufacture and deliver five new Comanche helicopters for EMD testing; it also will deliver eight new aircraft to the Army for operational test and evaluation. The first US Army Comanche unit will be operationally equipped in 2006.
The RAH-66 Comanche, the US Army’s 21st century combat helicopter, is being developed by the US Army and a team of leading aerospace companies headed by The Boeing Company and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a unit of United Technologies Corporation.