Sikorsky Keeps Focus On U.S. Army AAS As Raider Rolls Out

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — Sikorsky has rolled out the first S-97 Raider high-speed armed scout helicopter prototype and is beginning ground tests leading to first flight planned by year’s end.

The 220-kt. S-97 is the second helicopter built with Sikorsky’s X2 Technology rigid coaxial-rotor compound helicopter configuration. The X2 concept demonstrator exceeded 260 kt. in 2010.

The prototype was unveiled on Oct. 2 at Sikorsky’s developmental test center here. A second aircraft is under construction.

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from Aviation Week – Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News


Author: David Pflieger

David Pflieger is working as the CEO of Ravn Alaska. David received his pilot training in the United States Air Force, and has since held multiple positions with different airlines, for over 20 years!

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