X3 hybrid aircraft wraps up tour today in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON, 26 July 2012. Eurocopter is finishing its U.S. tour of the X3 hybrid aircraft today in Washington, D.C. This is the final leg of flight demonstrations for civil and military customers across the country.
The X3 began flight testing in September 2010 at the Istres Flight Test Center in southern France. In testing to date the X3 surpassed its original speed target of 253 mph.; reaching more than 264 mph. in level flight while using less than 80 percent of available power. Beyond confirming its flight qualities, maneuverability, acceleration and deceleration capabilities, the hybrid aircraft has shown climb and descent rates along with low vibration levels, all without any passive or active anti-vibration systems.
Eurocopter envisions a wide range of applications for its hybrid technology in future products, including long-distance search and rescue (SAR), Coast Guard missions, border patrol missions, passenger transport and off-shore airlift, along with inter-city shuttle services. It also is well-suited for military missions in special forces operations, troop transport, combat SAR and medical evacuation thanks to the X3's combination of high cruise speeds paired with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.