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Sikorsky News
day. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Engineering at Sikorsky. “Certainly we’ve
Technologies Corp. got much more to do, but interest contin-
The demonstrator has accumulated ues to grow among both the military and
more than three hours of successful flight commercial sectors in how this technol-
time at Sikorsky’s facility in Horseheads, ogy might improve current operations and
N.Y. The aircraft will relocate to the com- enable new missions that today are sim-
pany’s Development Flight Center in ply not possible with the current heli-
West Palm Beach, Fla., before month-end copter flight limitations. These are
for continued test flights leading up to the exciting times.”
250-knot speed record. Kevin Bredenbeck, Chief Test Pilot for
The X2 TECHNOLOGY demonstrator Sikorsky, accomplished the flights on
Sikorsky’s X2 Technology™
combines an integrated suite of technolo- June 30. “The aircraft completed a series
Demonstrator Propelled To gies intended to advance the state-of-the- of accelerations and decelerations from
Another Milestone En Route To
art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor hover to 52 knots,” he said. “The Stability
Helicopter Speed Record
helicopter. It is designed to demonstrate a Augmentation System operated as de-
helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 signed, and vibration and noise levels
knots, while retaining such desirable heli- were very low.”
THE SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION X2 copter attributes as excellent low speed Jim Kagdis, Program Manager, Siko-
TECHNOLOGY™ demonstrator handling, efficient hovering and autorota- rsky Advanced Programs, added that,
achieved another milestone with the com- tion safety, and a seamless transition to “Each milestone achieved represents an
pletion of two test flights that included full high speed. Sikorsky is maturing this tech- important step as we continue to mature
engagement of the distinctive propeller for nology in preparation for emerging mis- X2 TECHNOLOGY to meet our cus-
the first time. In one hour of testing con- sions including rapid air medical response tomers’ future needs. X2 TECHNOL-
ducted in two flights, the aircraft flew at for the civil market and reconnaissance, OGY offers significantly increased speed,
speeds reaching 52 knots in one test and attack, and special operations missions for maneuverability and agility, high/hot per-
42 knots with the propeller providing for- the military market. formance, low acoustics and low vibra-
ward thrust in the second flight. The X2 “The program is progressing extremely tion, which all are very attractive features
TECHNOLOGY demonstrator is de- well both technologically and from a fu- to meet future requirements.”
signed to reach speeds of 250 knots – or ture applicability standpoint,” said Mark Among the innovative technologies the
twice as fast as helicopters can travel to- Miller, Vice President of Research and X2 TECHNOLOGY demonstrator em-
ploys are:
• Fly-by-wire flight controls
• Counter-rotating rigid rotor blades
• Hub drag reduction
• Active vibration control
• Integrated auxiliary propulsion sys-
National Police Agency In Japan
Selected the S-92
the National Police Agency (NPA) in
Japan has selected the S-92® helicopter
to conduct search and rescue and special
mission operations.
“Sikorsky is proud to continue our long
association with the NPA and to provide
them with a world-class, multi-mission so-
lution,” said Carey Bond, Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer for Sikorsky.
The NPA has employed Sikorsky heli-
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