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S-97 RAIDER to Enhance Army's Flight Capabilities
As Sikorsky Aircraft reaches the assembly midpoint of its self-funded S-97 RAIDER helicopter prototype, the Army National Guard could anticipate a game-changing evolution in its future aviation capabilities. The RAIDER helicopter’s coaxial counter-rotating rigid rotor blades combined with a pusher propeller will offer dramatic improvement in performance (speed, altitude, range and maneuverability) compared to traditional armed reconnaissance helicopters. Never-before-seen precision agility at both high and low speeds is expected to significantly change how the Guard could fly and fight. Sikorsky is readying its RAIDER prototype for flight demonstrations in 2015.
High-performance flight while retaining helicopter maneuverability
Rigid coaxial rotor system with composite blades
Fly-by-wire flight controls reduce pilot workload
Active vibration control
50% better turn radius than conventional helicopters
Rudders and elevators that enhance maneuverability
Time-triggered Ethernet electronic architecture
Integrated engine exhaust that reduces IR signature
Cabin space for mission flexibility: space for six troop seats, internal auxiliary fuel and additional ammunition
Length: 36 feet
Gross weight: 11,400 lbs.
Hover altitude: 10,000 feet at 95 F in armed configuration
Standard fuel endurance: More than 2.7 hrs.
Range: More than 600 km
Cruise speed: 220 knots
.50 cal gun
7.62 mm gun
Illustration and information provided by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation