Sikorsky Innovations

Sikorsky Innovations

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.


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.


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.

Sikorsky Innovations Timeline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch: Sikorsky Completes DARPA ALIAS Phase 1 Autonomous Flight

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has successfully demonstrated a 30-mile autonomous flight using a Sikorsky S-76® commercial helicopter to complete Phase 1 of an $8 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program.

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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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