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User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1820 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6138 times:

Will the X2 program result in anything the military is interested in? This program has been quiet lately, there was an idea of a militarized version of the X2. I think it was a very nice idea, seemed very fast and nimble aircraft, a bit loud though?

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User currently offlinemffoda From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1071 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

Quoting sweair (Thread starter):
This program has been quiet lately, there was an idea of a militarized version of the X2.

Its called the Sikorsky S-97 Raider. They are currently working on two prototypes.



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User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1820 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5827 times:

Yeah sorry I saw that when I googled around. No 250knots but 220 will be plenty fast anyway? The X2 is a major step in helicopters right?

I saw Euro copter had its take on this too, but it has its fans ahead of the stub wings and that would make it had to arm it IMO. It look much more like an ordinary helicopter.

How far from reality was the comanche when it was cancelled? How much remained to solve? That looked like a very mobile helicopter too.


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6609 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5396 times:

The X2 was just a demonstrator, it didn't look like anything you could sell (commercially or to a military). The Eurocopter X3 is also a demonstrator, but based on an existing frame. It isn't intended to be sold like that.

Also, the X2 and X3 are both compound helos but they don't work the same way, the X2 uses the twin rotors to dispense with a tail lateral rotor, and to provide lift during forward flight. The X3 has the left propeller turning faster to replace the tail rotor, and stub wings to provide most of the lift during cruise. What would be preferred for a military application, I don't know.



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User currently offlineBigJKU From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 879 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5354 times:

Quoting sweair (Reply 2):
How far from reality was the comanche when it was cancelled? How much remained to solve? That looked like a very mobile helicopter too.

The Comanche was something that was rightly cancelled. It's mission is no longer relevant as an armed scout. I think they were fairly close to building the thing when it shut down but it just was not practical and survivable in its mission.

[Edited 2012-07-31 09:07:21]

User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1820 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5090 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 3):
The X2 was just a demonstrator, it didn't look like anything you could sell (commercially or to a military).

But the S-97 does look a lot like the X2 configuration, only larger.


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