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Quad A 2011: Sikorsky readies S-97 Raider

20th April 2011 - 13:39 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Nashville, TN


Sikorksy is getting ready to build its S-97 Raider demonstrator prototypes as part of its bid to meet the needs of the US Army's requirement for an armed aerial scout aircraft.

The company believes the X-2 technology the Raider is based on will offer army pilots a new way to fly and fight and plans to have the first prototype S-97 ready for flight in 2014.

This will be used to open the flight envelope of the aircraft while a second prototype will be used as a demonstrator allowing army and US Marine Corps pilots to experience the aircraft.


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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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