The concept of a winged helicopter has been unveiled by Airbus.
The company calls this new helicopter Racer and says it features an aerodynamic configuration capable of cruise speeds up to 400kmh / 250mph.
In comparison a Sikorsky S92 helicopter, used in mountain and sea rescues in North Wales, has a cruise speed of 170mph.
The concept design was showcased as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research program yesterday, with Airbus saying that its concept offers the best mixture of sustainability, speed, cost-efficiency, and performance.
“Today we unveil our bold vision for the future of high-speed rotorcraft,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters CEO.
“This new project, pulling together the skills and know-how of dozens of European partners through the Clean Sky 2 initiative, aims to bring increased speed and range at the right cost, thanks to a simple, safe and proven aerodynamic formula.
"It will pave the way for new time-sensitive services for 2030 and beyond, setting new benchmarks for high-speed helicopter transportation.”