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craft that unofficially shat- tered the helicopter world speed record here in September with a flight speed of 250 knots (287 mph). In March 2010, Sikorsky submitted an X2 aircraft design to the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) pro- gram in response to a request for information. The AAS program is cur- rently conducting an analy- sis of alternatives for the Army’s next armed recon- naissance helicopter. For the armed recon- naissance mission, the X2 Raider helicopter will have space aft of the two-pilot


cockpit for armament and auxiliary fuel. In an assault configuration, the cabin affords space to accommo- date up to six troops. In addition to flying at nearly twice the speed of a conventional helicopter, the X2 Raider prototype aircraft will incorporate other key performance parameters critical to com- bat operations — increased maneuverability, greater endurance, and the ability to operate at high altitudes. Compared to other light military helicopters, the X2 Raider prototypes are expected to significantly


reduce turning radius and acoustic noise signature, while significantly increas- ing the aircraft’s payload, flight endurance and hot and high hover capability. Sikorsky will conduct its X2 Raider aircraft develop- ment program utilizing military standards. The company expects to con- duct its first major pro- gram milestone — a pre- liminary design review — in 2011. First flight, projected in four years, could depend in part on the pace of development and cus- tomer need. ◆


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