Fraunhofer EMI conducts bird-strike simulations for “Racer“, the new high-speed helicopter by Airbus Helicopters
At the Paris Airshow, Airbus Helicopters presented a model of its new high-speed helicopter “Racer” on June 20, 2017. The demonstrator, developed within the EU aviation research program Clean Sky 2, is scheduled to have its first flight in 2020. “Racer”, which is short for Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft, will incorporate several innovative features such as high range and high cruising speed of more than 400 kilometers per hour and at the same time very low fuel consumption. This new type of helicopter is supposed to be deployed for search and rescue missions, emergency medical services as well as public and private supply and transportation flights.