Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has just introduced RAIDER X, a lightweight survivable compound coaxial helicopter, specifically designed for near-peer threats on the future battlefield. This aircraft enables the reach, protection and lethality required to remain victorious in future conflicts. It can achieve Sspeeds in excess of 250 knots while operating at high altitudes in excess of 9,000 feet, low-speed / high-speed maneuver envelopes out to 60+ degrees angle of bank, and flight controls optimization / vibration mitigation. Read more for a video and additional information.
RAIDER X converges everything Sikorsky has learned in years of developing X2 Technology and delivers a dominant, survivable and intelligent system that will excel in tomorrow’s battlespace. The X2 rigid rotor provides increased performance, including; highly responsive maneuverability, enhanced low-speed hover, off-axis hover, and level acceleration and braking. Its cutting-edge digital design and manufacturing is already in use on other Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky production programs, like the CH-53K, CH-148 and F-35.
RAIDER X converges everything we’ve learned in years of developing, testing and refining X2 Technology and delivers warfighters a dominant, survivable and intelligent system that will excel in tomorrow’s battlespace where aviation overmatch is critical. The X2 Technology family of aircraft is a low-risk solution and is scalable based on our customers’ requirements,” said Frank St. John, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems.