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In an early morning demon- stration flight conducted from the company’s new Sikorsky Innovations Center within its Development Flight Center, the X2 Technology demonstrator gave invited guests one last look at its technology in flight before offi- cially being retired and transi- tioning to its first application, the S-97 Raider™.

It was the twenty-third test flight of the award-winning X2™aircraft, which flew approxi- mately 22 total hours and achieved a maximum cruise speed of 253 knots in level flight at its peak point in the program. That milestone, an unofficial speed record for a conventional heli- copter, was achieved on Sept. 15, 2010. “This flight is the culmination of a five-year, internally funded program to expand the opera- tional envelope of helicopters,” said Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino. “The results of this pro- gram speak to the success of a rapid prototyping environment, where a small empowered team was able to meet a specific number of very challenging goals. We met

these within a small budget and a compressed schedule,” Pino com- mented. “The X2 program also has helped to develop the next gener- ation of Sikorsky engineers, including some who are now in key positions on the S-97 Raider™ program and the Firefly™ electric helicopter pro- gram. Today, the entire Sikorsky workforce stands proud of this accomplishment and what it means for the future of rotorcraft aviation,” Pino said.

The S-97 Raider helicopter program is the follow-on program to the X2 Technology demonstra- tor initiative. Sikorsky Vice President of Research & Engineering Mark Miller said the S-97 Raider program will design, build and fly two prototype light tactical helicopters to enable the U.S. military to evaluate the via- bility of a fast and maneuverable next-generation rotorcraft for a variety of combat missions. A number of Sikorsky’s military and commercial customers were on hand to observe the final X2™ flight. “This program will produce two prototype assault/attack air- craft with six passenger cabins and


the ability to carry armament,” Miller said. “In addition to the superior speed and maneuver- ability of X2 technology, these aircraft are designed to be capable of 10,000-foot hover out of ground effect on a 95- degree day. The future awaits this technology, and today we can say that we see it on the horizon,” Miller explained. The X2 Technology pro- gram began in 2005 when Sikorsky first committed resources and full funding, ultimately $50 million, for the program’s development. Earlier this year, the X2 Technology™ demonstrator team won the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually to recognize the greatest achievements in aero- nautics or astronautics in America. ◆

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