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July 23, 2017

Eurocopter X3 Review & Price | World’s Fastest Helicopter

Eurocopter X3, The Fastest Helicopter in the World

On 7 June 2013, the Eurocopter X3 hybrid set a new world record for high-speed flight in a helicopter, racking up two runs where it exceeded 472 kilometers (293 miles) per hour. By clocking in these two runs, it officially beat the previous record holder, the Sikorsky X2. The X3’s record breaking run was achieved at an altitude of 3,050 meters (10,000 feet) during a 40-minute flight over the south of France.

The helicopter itself was powered by a pair of RTM 322 turboshaft engines, which generated the necessary energy to rotate the five-blade main rotor and twin propellers. Speaking on the run, pilot Hervé Jammayrac stated that: “It’s no exaggeration to say that the X3 is clearly in its element at high speeds.”

 eurocopter x3 world's fastest helicopter picture

Eurocopter X3 in a Glance

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: Classified
  • Height: Classified
  • Weight: Classified
  • Powerplant: 2 x Rolls-Royce
  • Turbomeca RTM 322
  • Rotors: 1 x 5-blade main rotor /
  • 2 x 5-blade tractor rotors
  • Max speed:
  • 472km/h (293mph)
  • Max range: Classified
  • Max altitude:
  • 3,810m (12,500ft)
  • Armaments: N/A
  • Price Tag: $10 million
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