Clean Sky 2 underscores Europe s commitment to aligning its strengths and significantly increasing investment in research and technology, building on such advancements as the X3 hybrid demonstrator that successfully validated the compound aircraft configuration and proved its capabilities with a significant breakthrough in terms of rotorcraft speed, explained Tomasz Krysinski, Airbus Helicopters Vice President Research and Innovation.
Such a future compound aircraft would combine higher cruise speeds with excellent vertical takeoff and landing performance at affordable operating costs, making it well-suited for such vital public service duties as emergency medical airlift, search and rescue, coast guard and border patrol operations.
concepts have been around for many years, but there is still a lot of research needed in such subsystems as propulsion, flight controls and materials, he added.
Nevertheless, he added, "there is a broader need for this technology, other than for countermine operations." The ability of the compound aircraft
to fly long distances at speeds of 230 knots makes the VTDP technology a viable option for upgrading the Army's Black Hawk fleet, for example, said the official.