S-97 Raider, the revolutionary Sikorsky helicopter
Lockheed Martin has released a new video of the revolutionary Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter.
The S-97 Raider is a reconnaissance and attack helicopter with two counter-rotating coasic rotors and a variable-step thrust propeller (queued), developed by Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin company. The idea comes from a previous project by Sikorsky, The X-2, with the intent of proposing the Raider to the U.S. Military under the Future Vertical Lift program (FVL) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter replacement, AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook, OH-58 Kiowa 2030.
The Raider is a next-generation helicopter, capable of carrying 6 passengers in addition to the two crew members and the external armament. It can reach a quota of 10.000 feet and a speed of 220 knots, about twice as much as a conventional helicopter. Fly-by-wire controls and features dynamic actuator anti vibration. Maneuverability is improved compared to older-generation helicopters with the ability to tilt the coaxial rotors at once or each one differently.
An innovative helicopter, still in development, able to deal with all kinds of missions: Recon, close-air support, combat search and rescue, light attack and assault. More information about http://lockheedmartin.com/
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