Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

1. Aeromechanics (France, Germany, Israel)

Description: A near-term objective of the ASTMP is rotorcraft design by computational fluid dynamics (CFD). A significant portion of this process is the design of helicopter rotors and blades. Use of CFD for design of rotors can enhance helicopter speed, maneuverability, and lift capabilities, while reducing acoustic signature and structural vibration.

Justification: While the United States is the world leader in CFD and related techniques, France, Germany, and Israel have complementary world-leading efforts to improve and develop analytical techniques and generate experimental data bases that may contribute to meeting ASTMP goals of 50 percent increase in maneuverability; 35 percent increase in air vehicle speed; and a 30 percent increase in rotor efficiency.

Implementation: There are MOAs that provide mechanisms for cooperative development to meet these ASTMP milestones.


Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001


Mr. Tom Devereux
St. Louis, MO 63120-1798
e-mail: None provided