Together Supplier Team For S-97 Raider Helicopter Program
By Shane Nolan
January 17, 2012 - Sikorsky Aircraft has selected 35
companies to join its team assembling two prototype S-97
RAIDER helicopters for evaluation by the U.S. military.
Self-funded by Sikorsky and its team members, the RAIDER
program will demonstrate the military applications of
Sikorsky’s break-through X2 rotorcraft design, which
proved its capability in 2010 to double the cruise speed
of conventional helicopters.
“As designer and integrator of a next-generation light
tactical helicopter capable of outperforming
conventional helicopters in almost every performance
parameter, it was imperative we chose our suppliers for
the maturity of their advanced aerospace products and
technologies,” said Doug Shidler, Sikorsky’s RAIDER
“Product maturity will enable Sikorsky to demonstrate
the RAIDER helicopter’s flight and aerodynamic
performance in a simulated military environment starting
in 2014, and ultimately bring X2-designed helicopters to
future customers quickly and at a very affordable
announced its supplier team during the Association of the United
States Army’s ILW Aviation Symposium and Exposition, National
Harbor, Md. The majority of the RAIDER team members are
U.S.-based companies from 20 states.
will invest about 75 percent of the RAIDER program’s expected
cost, with suppliers investing about 25 percent. Like the X2
demonstrator aircraft, the single engine S-97 RAIDER helicopter
will feature coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and a pusher
propeller to provide cruise speeds up to 220 knots (253 mph)
with dash speeds up to 240 knots (276 mph) or higher.
anticipate these S-97 RAIDER prototypes will provide dramatic
improvements over conventional helicopters in maneuverability,
range, endurance, altitude and hover efficiency — in addition to
speed,” said Chris Van Buiten, Vice President of Sikorsky
Innovations, the advanced engineering and development division
of Sikorsky Aircraft that has pioneered the X2 design. “These
attributes of the RAIDER aircraft could very well change the way
the U.S. military fights with helicopters.”
the RAIDER aircraft will showcase the X2 design’s considerable
airframe and flight characteristics, its configuration as a
light tactical helicopter will enable Sikorsky to offer the
aircraft as a candidate for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout
helicopter competition. The U.S. Army is seeking a new aircraft
to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
While the RAIDER aircraft will showcase the X2 design’s considerable airframe and flight characteristics, its configuration as a light tactical helicopter will enable Sikorsky to offer the aircraft as a candidate for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout helicopter competition. The U.S. Army is seeking a new aircraft to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
With a maximum
gross weight of approximately 11,000 lbs, the RAIDER helicopter will
offer full operational performance at speeds and altitudes more than
twice the capability of today’s light tactical helicopters.
The Raider cockpit
will feature side-by-side seating for two pilots. For armed
reconnaissance and light attack missions, the aircraft can host a
variety of sensors and externally-mounted weapons, with the flexibility
to carry additional fuel and ammunition for extended missions. In a
light utility or special operations configuration, the helicopter cabin
will carry up to six troops. Below is a list of the team.
(Va., Miss.); Cytec (Calif., N.Y.); East/West Industries (N.Y.); Fischer
(Germany); Hexcel (Conn., Utah); PPG (Calif.); Triumph Group (Wash.).
Instruments (N.J.); BAE Systems (N.Y.); Eaton (Miss.); Esterline Control
Systems (Calif., Ill., Wash.); Garmin (Kan.); Goodrich (Fla., Minn.);
Hamilton Sundstrand (Conn.); Honeywell (Ariz.); Lockheed Martin (N.Y.);
Northrop Grumman (Calif.).
(N.Y.); Ducommun (N.Y.); Eaton (Mich.); General Electric (Mass.);
Honeywell (Ariz.); Liquid Measurement Systems (Vt.); Meggitt-USA (Ga.,
Calif.); Spectrum (Conn.); TIGHITCO (Conn.).
|blog comments powered by Disqus|
|©AvStop Online Magazine Contact Us Return To News|