Ambitious Flight-Test Regime Planned For RACER Demonstrator

rotorcraft in flight above skyscrapers
Although it is a critical technology brick, the RACER engine’s electric eco-mode will feature later in the flight-test program.
Credit: Airbus Helicopters
Airbus and its partners may have cut metal on the first components for its Rapid and Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft (RACER) demonstrator, but the world will have to wait until late 2021 before it takes to the skies. Program management complexities have nudged the first flight back a year, says RACER...
Tony Osborne

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines.

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