Sikorsky's X2 TECHNOLOGY(TM) Demonstrator Propelled to Another Milestone en Route to Helicopter Speed Record
The demonstrator has accumulated more than three hours of successful flight time at Sikorsky's facility in
The X2 TECHNOLOGY demonstrator combines an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. It is designed to demonstrate a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots, while retaining such desirable helicopter attributes as excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering and autorotation safety, and a seamless transition to high speed. Sikorsky is maturing this technology in preparation for emerging missions including rapid air medical response for the civil market and reconnaissance, attack, and special operations missions for the military market.
"The program is progressing extremely well both technologically and from a future applicability standpoint," said
Among the innovative technologies the X2 TECHNOLOGY demonstrator employs are:
- Fly-by-wire flight controls
- Counter-rotating rigid rotor blades
- Hub drag reduction
- Active vibration control
- Integrated auxiliary propulsion system
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
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