AVX Aircraft is proposing to convert the U.S. Army’s existing OH-58Ds by replacing the conventional rotors with co-axial counter-rotating rotors and ducted fans instead of a tail rotor. AVX spokesman Mike Cox says an investment of $31 million would result in the development of a concept demonstrator aircraft which, he claims, could be flying within 18 months. However, he notes that the company does not want to begin a manufacturing line and was talking to a number of potential partners, including Bell Helicopter
, although all talks are at a very early stage. Image courtesy of AVX Aircraft.