Skyworks Future US Army New Combat VertiJet
Gyrodyne Aircraft. Skyworks signed a collaboration agreement
with Scaled Composites to development new VertiJet gyrodyne aircraft to take part in
the U.S. Army’s various Future Vertical Lift (FVL) competitions.
US high-performance gyroplanes maker Skyworks in collaboration with Scaled Composites to
build a high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator of future combat gyrodyne aircraft.
The new combat gyrodyne aircraft will be based on a concept developed under DARPA’s Heliplane
program. Skyworks has been developing manned and unmanned vertical lift gyroplane technologies
for more than two decades. The company’s website said these advanced sustained autorotative
flight technologies enable aircraft to be both runway independent and economical, and
yet remain unconstrained by the physics imposed speed, range, and payload limitations of a
helicopter. The new aircraft designed to fly at speeds
up to 400 MPH and combine the key attributes of a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft:
VTOL and hover capability of a helicopter combined with high speed and efficient cruise
capability of a fixed-wing airplane. According to the current information, the
VertiJet will be runway-independent aircraft that can take off and land vertically and
hover similar to a helicopter. The new gyrodyne aircraft not constrained
by the physics-imposed speed, range, and payload limitations of a helicopter. VertiJet will
offer substantial performance advantages: higher speed (Efficient high speed cruise
at speeds 2 to 3X of today’s helicopters), greater range, greater payloads, and higher
payload efficiencies. The VertiJet will feature twin-jet engines,
a large rotor for take-off and landing, four weapon hardpoints underneath the fixed wings,
and twin booms with a horizontal stabiliser. Skyworks Global has partnered with Scaled
Composites to build a high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator, the Vertijet, based on a concept
developed under DARPA’s Heliplane program and inspired by the late-1950s Fairey Rotodyne.
The Heliplane was canceled in 2008 before the aircraft could be built. Its developer,
Groen Brothers Aviation (GBA), was subsequently acquired by technology investor Steve Stevanovich
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