Sikorsky S-97 Raider concept
That X2 design also underlies Sikorsky's own planned S-97 Raider (depicted here), the first prototype of which as of late September was just going into final assembly. That prototype -- eventually there will be two of them -- will be 36 feet long and will weigh 11,000 pounds (versus 6,000 pounds for the X2 demonstrator). Sikorsky said it is eyeing 2015 to begin demonstrating the S-27 Raider's capabilities, including cruise speeds up to 220 knots and "dash speeds" of 240 knots or better, to potential customers, including the U.S. military.
October 6, 2013 7:30 AM PDT
Photo by: Sikorsky Aircraft
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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