X2 TECHNOLOGY™ Demonstrator



Historically, vertical flight has required a compromise between hover performance and forward speed. With X2 TECHNOLOGY™, Sikorsky provides increased speed over conventional rotorcraft designs, without compromising the essential attributes that make helicopters safe and effective.

The Sikorsky X2 TECHNOLOGY Demonstrator aircraft, which unofficially broke the helicopter speed record in 2010, was awarded the Robert J. Collier Trophy for the greatest aerospace achievement in aeronautics in America the same year.





The S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter, which achieved first flight in on May 22, 2015, is the first application of X2 TECHNOLOGY.

Expected to reach cruise speeds of 240 knots (276 mph), the aircraft will fly at double the speed of the fastest helicopter on the market. This next-generation attack helicopter is so advanced it is expected to reach as high as 10,000 feet in 95° of heat and is poised to revolutionize next-generation military aviation.





The SB>1 DEFIANT™ Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) helicopter is our third X2® aircraft in less than 10 years. Being designed by Sikorsky and Boeing, the aircraft will prove the scalability of the X2 design to a 30,000-lb. class weight. (This contrasts with the 6,000-lb X2 Technology Demonstrator and the RAIDER™ at 11,400 lbs.) Sikorsky-Boeing expects to begin final assembly of the SB>1 DEFIANT in the summer of 2016, followed by flight tests during 2017-2018.




Through the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA), MATRIX™ Technology – a suite of hardware and software systems – and a BLACK HAWK being converted so that it may be optionally-piloted, Sikorsky is demonstrating that autonomous aircraft can perform complex and life-saving missions with enhanced safety, reduced cost of ownership, and superior capabilities.




With the development of its Intelligence systems, applications, and software, Sikorsky is creating smarter, more intelligent helicopters of the future. The ultimate goal is to improve safety, reduce costs, and enhance mission effectiveness, using a synergistic combination of technologies, both in the aircraft and in the ground operations that support them. These aircraft use active systems to improve mission effectiveness and predict when a part will need to be replaced or when a component will become stressed and make adjustments – in flight – to prevent fatigue, saving helicopter operators time, money and inconvenience in the process. And, with the iFly Sikorsky™ flight calculator application, we are enhancing efficiency by removing potential errors from pilot calculations and giving the pilot better performance situational awareness


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