Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER Helicopter full scale model on display at AUSA 2014

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AUSA 2014
Association of the United States Army

AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition
13 to 15 October 2014
Washington D.C., United States
 
Sikorsky at AUSA 2014
 
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 03:20 PM
 
Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER Helicopter full scale model on display at AUSA 2014
At AUSA 2014 (Association of United States Army) Annual Meeting currently taking place in Washington D.C., Sikorsky is showcasing a full scale model of the S-97 RAIDER Helicopter that was just unveiled last week. Based on Sikorsky’s rigid X2™ rotor coaxial design, the S-97 RAIDER helicopter features next-generation technologies in a multi-mission configuration (armed aerial scout or light assault), capable of carrying six troops and external weapons.
     
The S-97 RAIDER full scale model on Sikorsky stand at AUSA 2014
     

The coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and pusher propeller provide cruise speeds up to 220 knots (253 mph), more than double the speed of conventional helicopters. Sikorsky will offer the RAIDER™ aircraft as a replacement for the U.S. Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet based on the Army’s future operational and financial priorities, and for the special operations platform.

The single-engine RAIDER features a composite airframe and a maximum gross weight of slightly more than 11,000 lbs. The aircraft will be capable of carrying an array of weapons and sensors, necessary for the mission. The cockpit will fit two pilots, seated side-by-side. The flexible cabin space will carry up to six combat-equipped troops, or additional fuel and ammunition for extended missions.

 

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