Imagine you could launch a military helicopter that could perform all the normal helicopter functions -- but also fly twice as fast as any other typical helicopter?
The implications are tremendous, especially when it comes to rescue operations in enemy territory, where it's all about getting in and getting out as fast as possible.
Although Sikorsky currently doesn't have a contrast for an ultra-fast rescue chopper, it did just recently demonstrate the X2, a true helicopter capable of flying at 220 knots (that's about 286 miles per hour).
The X2 is a technology demonstrator, a system built by Sikorsky to show what's possible. Deployed production systems are years in the future.
Still, if the company could cut rescue time (and all the other helicopter operations) in half while still maintaining hover efficiencies and low-speed handling capabilities, that'd be pretty impressive.
Here's a short interview from some time ago that gives more information about this very slick technology.