This is an older post which I have moved to the top due to the product reaching a milestone. Sikorsky’s X2 recently broke the “unofficial” helicopter speed record.

http://www.gizmag.com/sikorsky-x2-demonstrator-250-knot-milestone/16424/

Update: January 11, 2011: First glimpse of a militarized version of the technology. Granted, just a mock up. But it shows intent:

http://defensetech.org/2011/01/07/video-of-sikorskys-s-97-armed-scout-chopper-demo/


Original Post; January 2009:

Sikorsky has finally decided to stop just screwing the government and actually push technology forward:

http://www.defensetech.org/archives/004627.html#comments


There have been other helicopters to use twin rotor designs. The Soviets had a model and right here in Connecticut Kaman Helicopters had a great one.

But Sikorsky has political clout, and Kaman has been unable to break in. The K-Max did sea trials with the Navy for resupply work.  It was much better suited for the work than the H-47′s they use, which are much larger.

Take a look at the K-max:

http://www.kamanaero.com/helicopters/kmax.html


In all fairness the X2 will be much faster than previous twin rotor designs. And much simpler than the Osprey…..

Update: 10/6/09: Even though I think there are better designs on the table, these guys have a working model and connections….

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8pmyx_aerotv-sikorsky-x2-update-progress_news


-Tech Dennis

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