Monday, May 7, 2012

World's Fastest Helicopter - Eurocopter X3 Hybrid

The Eurocopter X3, or popularly known as the X-cube, is a compound helicopter under experimental development by Eurocopter. Being the leader in the military and civil helicopter manufacturing, Eurocopter aims at a high aircraft performance for all utilities, and masters the innovation efficiently. The Eurocopter X3 is a milestone in the helicopter industry and is based on the concept of innovative rotary-wing aircraft. While still under development and flight testing procedure, the Eurocopter X3 is believed to reach the peak performance and efficiency in no time.



The design of the helicopter piloted a new approach to the location engine. Eurocopter X3 is driven by two engines, one of which rotates the rotor, the second - a pair of pull screws located on the small wings. Such constructive allowed to set a new speed record for helicopters, which now amounts to 430 kilometers per hour ( 232 knots ).




Specifications:

Crew: 2

Power plant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 turboshaft engines, 1,693 kW (2,270 hp) each

Propellers: 2-bladed five bladed tractor propellers gear driven off main engines.

Maximum speed: 430 km/h; 267 mph (232 kn) at 2,500 m (8,202 ft)

Cruising speed: 407 km/h (253 mph; 220 kn)

Service ceiling: 3,810 m (12,500 ft)

Rate of climb: 25 m/s (5,000 ft/min)