S-97 Raider


Sikorsky S-97 Raider

Sikorsky S-97 Raider

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider is a high-speed scout and attack compound helicopter based on the Advancing Blade Concept (ABC) with a coaxial rotor system under development by Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky planned to offer it for the United States Army's Armed Aerial Scout program, along with other possible uses. The S-97 made its maiden flight on 22 May 2015.

Sikorsky plans to build two prototypes of the S-97 as demonstrators. One prototype (P1) will be used for flight testing, while the second (P2) is planned for use as a demonstrator.[9] The first prototype was planned to fly in late 2013 or early 2014.[7][10] Sikorsky started construction of the two prototypes in October 2012.[11] In September 2013, Sikorsky began final assembly of the first S-97 following delivery of the single-piece, all-composite fuselage by Aurora Flight Sciences.[12] In February 2014, construction of the first S-97 prototype was one-quarter complete. Simulated bird strikes testing had been conducted on the fuselage at speeds of up to 235 kn (435 km/h; 270 mph), the S-97's expected maximum flight speed. Drop tests were also performed to ensure the fuel tanks' safety in the event of a crash. Sikorsky is exploring civil applications for the S-97, such as transporting personnel between offshore oil platforms.

Sikorsky S-97 Raider

General characteristics

Crew: 0–2 pilots
Capacity: 6 troops
Length: 35 ft (11 m)
Gross weight: 8,945 lb (4,057 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 11,000 lb (4,990 kg) [38]
Powerplant: 1 × General Electric YT706 , 2,600 shp (1,900 kW)
Main rotor diameter: 1 (2 coaxial) × 34 ft (10 m)
Propellers: 1 x 6-bladed variable-pitch, clutchable pusher propeller (7 ft (2.1 m) diameter)

Cruise speed: 250 mph (410 km/h, 220 kn) [38] (with external weapons)[11]
Never exceed speed: 280 mph (440 km/h, 240 kn) [38]
Range: 350 mi (570 km, 310 nmi)
Endurance: 2 h 40 min
Service ceiling: 10,000 ft (3,000 m) at 95 °F (35 °C)
Guns: .50 cal gun with 500 rounds
Rockets: 7-shot rocket pod(s)

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider is a high-speed scout and attack compound helicopter


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