Sikorsky Unveils the first S-97 Raider Helicopter Prototype
The October 02, 2014 Sikorsky Aircraft unveiled the first S-97 Raider helicopter prototype.
The October 02, 2014 Sikorsky Aircraft unveiled the first S-97 Raider helicopter prototype, signaling the start of activities in the program’s test flight and a major step toward demonstrating the new armed reconnaissance rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology designed for military missions.
Sikorsky President Mick Maurer said: « Today, Sikorsky unveiled the next generation of military rotorcraft, with capabilities and performances never seen in our industry. Just four years ago, we announced plans to build the S-97 Raider and teamed with some of the best companies in the industry, understanding the need to ensure aircraft development would not falter as government defense budgets shrank in response to economic pressures. Sikorsky is proud of its leadership in this area, and of the leadership the S-97 Raider represents among the world’s military rotorcraft. »
The S-97 Raider helicopter features next-generation technologies in a multi-mission configuration: armed aerial or light assault. It’s capable of carrying six troops and external weapons. The coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and pusher propeller provide cruise speeds up to 410 km/h (220 konts), more than double the speed of conventional helicopters. Sikorsky will offer the Raider aircraft as a replacement for the U.S. Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet.
The S-97 Raider helicopter program is 100% industry funded. Sikorsky provides 75% of the investment, and 53 principal suppliers provide the remaining funding.