Sikorsky S-97

Similar to Sikorsky’s groundbreaking X2 technology, the S-97 Raider also features a pair of fixed coaxial rotors made of rigid, counter-rotating blades along with a six-blade pusher propeller for reduction in hub drag as well a low acoustic signature, high cruise speed and improved high/hot hover performance. Continue reading for a live unveiling video and more information.

According to Sikorsky, “The S-97 Raider has a cruising speed of 253 mph (407 km/h, 220 kn), which is more than double the speed of conventional helicopters, and pulls three Gs in the turns for greater agility. It has a range of 308 nmi (354 mi, 570 km), flight endurance of 2hr 40min, and a service ceiling of 10,000 ft (3,048 m).”