While still part of United Technologies, Sikorsky launched its vision of the future for rotorcraft. The plan focused the company’s internal research-and-development resources on three pillars: speed, autonomy and intelligence. The speed leg produced the X2 Technology Demonstrator, a rigid coaxial-rotor compound helicopter that in 2010 reached 250 kt. in level flight. This led to the S-97 Raider high-speed light tactical helicopter, for which the first of two industry-funded prototypes ...

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