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October 7, 2010

X3 from Eurocopter : A new era for the hybrid helicopters


X3 (say "X cube") is a revolutionary and innovative hybrid helicopter able to performs long-range missions at high speeds with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. First flight test (under controlled and secure environment) tooke place September 6 in southern France (Istres). In following tests X3 will reach speeds of 180 knots and the goal for March 2011 is to exceed 220 knots. A little industrial fight is on the near horizon between X3 and X2 from Sikorsky, another high speed hybrid helicopter who achieves 250 knots last 16 September.

More @ Eurocopter for X3
More @ Sikorsky for X2


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