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AUSA 2018: Need for speed dominates S-97 Raider tests

4th October 2018 - 23:17 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Sikorsky’s future generation light attack S-97 Raider aircraft is set to push beyond speeds of 220kts, a benchmark which represents uncharted territory on the programme’s test campaign.

The company’s X2 technology has already allowed test pilots to reach high speeds, over and above typical rates found across the light attack spectrum. Flight envelope expansion will now turn to experimentation that will see new boundaries set.

‘We are aiming to find out the aircraft’s true speed capability,’ Bill Fell, S-97 Raider test pilot, told journalists during an October 4 conference call. 

‘The original design was set at 230kts clean and 220knts

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