ARL efforts leading to better survivability for helicopter rotor blades
August 11, 2010
ARL's Survivability and Lethality Analysis Directorate holds the congressional mandate for all Army aviation live fire test and evaluation. As this video shows, ARL has developed a unique capability to ballistically impact helicopter rotor blades in simulated flight conditions with near-pinpoint precision. The Dynamic Rotor Blade Precision Ballistic Impact System is a complex test and evaluation program that examines and reports the survivability of helicopter rotor blades. The tests involve a precise combination of electronic timing, distance between the weapon and the rotor blade, projectile velocity, and laser aiming captured on high-speed video.