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AUSA 2019: Raider X takes to the stage

16th October 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by Tim Martin in Washington DC


Sikorsky has officially confirmed that it is offering an enlarged variant of the in-development co-axial S-97 Raider for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme.

Known as Raider X, the new design is mainly distinguished by a 2,000lb (907kg) increase in weight compared to the S-97, a more powerful engine courtesy of General Electric’s T901 engine, currently being manufactured for FVL helicopters, as well as a larger fuselage.

‘We’ve moved up 20% for the rest of the aircraft in terms of size and that’s indicative of the weapons volume that we believe we need to carry to

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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