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EADS shows off X3 compound helicopter at the Pentagon

EADS’s subsidiary Eurocopter was showing off its X3 compound helicopter today at the Pentagon. The company hopes to pitch the concept for the US Army’s Joint Mulit-Role/Future Vertical Lift program. While it was only on static display at the five-sided puzzle palace, it was caught on camera by EADS’s photographers when it came in to […]

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EADS shows off X3 concept in the DC area

Yesterday, EADS subsidiary Eurocopter showed off its X3 high-speed compound helicopter concept demonstrator to a host of reporters (yours truly included), foreign military attaches and diplomats at a local Washington-area regional airport in Manassas, Va. Read the full story here Here is a video of the aerial display–which was similar to the show the aircraft […]

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This EADS video is XXX

Well, not really. But it is about a major milestone for the Eurocopter X3 — the EADS helicopter manufacturer’s answer to the Sikorsky X2 coaxial-compound rotor and the AgustaWestland/Bell Helicopter BA609 tiltrotor. The X3 demonstrator is a manufacturing mash-up of the Dauphin 365 airframe, the EC155 main rotor, the EC175 main gearbox and twin propellers. […]

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HELI-EXPO: R-R lifts veil on Eurocopter “X3″ high-speed prototype

The pseudo-race to develop a high-speed helicopter just got a little more interesting. My colleague John Croft, attending the Heli-Expo in Long Beach, cajoled a confirming quote from Rolls-Royce about a secretive new Eurocopter concept called the X3. [Sikorsky already grabbed X2 for its high-speed prototype. Hmm -- Anybody know who got the X1?] The […]

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New EADS-Boeing US defense battle heating up

Flight’s European editor Niall O’Keefe confirmed yesterday that EADS North America will offer an armed version of the UH-72 light utility helicopter (LUH) for the armed reconnaissance helicopter contract. The ARH-72, a twin-engined version of the Eurocopter EC145, will likely battle the single-engine Boeing AH-6S Phoenix for the potentially $6 billion contract.Most interestingly, as Niall […]

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Sikorsky/Schweizer on ARH: We’re in

Sikorsky has confirmed they will respond to a US army “sources sought” notice for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter re-competition. “Yes, we will be presenting both short- and long-term solutions,” a Sikorsky spokesman says. I didn’t even have to ask a follow up! “To your next question, I must decline to elaborate on those solutions,” he […]

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Army starts re-competition for armed reconnaissance helicopter

Here we go again. The US Army has issued a “sources sought” notice for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter contract stripped last month from the Bell 407 (nee ARH-70) programme. The Army may procure up to 512 new Armed ReconnaissanceHelicopters with the capability to perform a Hover out of Ground Effect(HOGE) at 6,000 ft/95 degrees Fahrenheit […]

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