Eurocopter unveils new-look hybrid helicopter

Eurocopter unveiled a new-look hybrid helicopter in a bid to counter U.S. rival Sikorsky's efforts to break the speed barrier by rewriting the rules of rotorcraft design.

Eurocopter unveils new-look hybrid helicopter

 

Eurocopter unveiled a new-look hybrid helicopter on Monday in a bid to counter U.S. rival Sikorsky's efforts to break the speed barrier by rewriting the rules of rotorcraft design.

The X3 prototype - which combines forward-facing propeller engines astride two short aircraft wings with overhead rotor blades -- was unveiled at the European company's factory in southern France following months of secrecy about the project.

The half-plane, half-helicopter design aims to overcome chronic obstacles to high-speed helicopter flight by combining the advantages of fixed-wing aircraft with those of a standard helicopter, allowing it to fly at 220 knots or 400 km/hour.
 

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