Sikorsky Innovations

We're Engineering a Better Tomorrow
Leveraging the strengths of Sikorsky to solve the toughest problems in vertical flight quickly and affordably

Sikorsky Innovations is an agile, distributed group of Engineering & Technology experts, as well as academic, industry and business partners.  Working together, we are leveraging the strengths of Sikorsky to quickly and affordably solve the toughest problems in vertical flight by introducing new technologies, processes and products.



Tied to the success of the X2 Technology™ Demonstrator, Speed is demonstrated in the S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter. The first application of X2 Technology, this aircraft is expected to fly at cruise speeds up to 220 knots (253 mph) in armed configuration.

Ability to fly fast at up to 220 knots and fly like a helicopter with:

  • Exceptional maneuverability
  • Low downwash capability
  • Hot / high performance
  • Low acoustic signature
  • Increased mission effectiveness


Developed through MATRIX™ Technology, the Autonomy pillar gives humans the technology and tools to fly more missions and more effectively, enable new missions and improve safety and reliability, while reducing the cost of owning aircraft.

Utilizing MATRIX Technology to enable optionally piloted helicopters to:

  • Fly missions more often
  • Fly missions more effectively
  • Enable new missions
  • Improve safety & reliability
  • Reduce cost of ownership


Intelligence technologies are changing the way we fly and maintain helicopters. By coupling intelligent systems with the health and usage operations that govern them, we are improving the aircraft’s safety, economics, and mission effectiveness.

Fully exploiting advanced analytics, sensors and actuation to:

  • Optimize performance
  • Increase availability
  • Reduce operational costs
  • Increase stakeholder value

Sikorsky Innovations

February 1 - Sikorsky Innovations launches to create differentiated capabilities for Sikorsky customers

September 15 - Sikorsky X2 Technology Demonstrator achieves 250-knot speed


September 18 - Sikorsky awarded Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration contract to integrate and test enhanced BLACK HAWK helicopter capabilities

November - Sikorsky employs Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data to extend life of S-92® helicopter main rotor hub


March 11 - BLACK HAWK demonstrator helicopter with MATRIX™ technology takes successful first flight

August 12 - Sikorsky and Boeing are selected to build technology demonstrator for future vertical lift aircraft, the SB>1 Defiant.


May - Sikorsky successfully completes DARPA ALIAS Phase 1 competition with autonomous flight

October 27 - X2 Technology Demonstrator inducted into the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

May 5 - X2 Technology Demonstrator team awarded the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy for greatest aerospace achievement

July 15 - X2 Technology Demonstrator makes final flight, paving way for S-97 RAIDER helicopter


January - Sikorsky and Boeing partner for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role Future Vertical Lift requirements

August 12 - Sikorsky unveils MATRIX Technology to advance vertical takeoff and landing autonomy


May 22 - S-97 RAIDER helicopter achieves first flight

June 3 - First flight of DARPA ALIAS "click and fly" tablet control of a helicopter


April 4 - Sikorsky Innovations celebrates five-year anniversary of Entrepreneurial Challenge by launching 8th competition



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Chris Van Buiten
Topics: Advanced Rotorcraft, Autonomy

Chris Van Buiten is the vice president of Sikorsky Innovations, where he runs the group responsible for maturing next-generation technologies including X2 technology™, active rotor, and autonomy, as well as defining next-generation products. Since joining the company in 1989, Van Buiten has been engaged in the design of Sikorsky products including the S-92® commercial transport, the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, and the UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter, as well as several advanced concepts. 

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