Sikorsky s-97 Raider


Derived from X2



  • Sikorsky s-97 Raider
  • Sikorsky s-97 RaiderX2 and S-97

Two rigid coaxial rotor prototypes designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

Developed as Sikorsky entry for the US Army Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) program, after the cancelation of the ARH-70 Arapaho. Main contender was the American Eurocopter/Lockheed-Martin AAS-72X but the Army cancelled the program in late 2013.

Powered by one General Electric T700 engine, the same engine of the UH-60M Blackhawk, the first prototype completes maiden flight on May 22, 2015.

Sikorsky is exploring civil applications for the S-97, such as transporting personnel between offshore oil platforms
On August 2, 2017 one of the aircraft suffered a hard landing during a hovering test flight at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center at Palm Beach County, FL

Model News

Two New Sikorsky Helicopters in 2015, 17-Feb-16 : Singapore Airshow 2016 Between May and October 2015, Sikorsky put air beneath the wheels of two new helicopters: the S-97 Raider light tactical helicopter, and the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift aircraft.

S-97 Raider on Display at AUSA Exposition, 08-Oct-15 : The S-97 Raider will be on static display publicly for the first time at the Association of United States Army (AUSA) exhibition Oct. 12-14, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

S-97 Raider Uses TTTech TTEthernet, 27-May-15 : TTTech supplies ruggedized COTS Deterministic Ethernet (TTEthernet) high-speed switches and end systems via Lockheed Martin to the Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter program.

Sikorsky S-97 Raider First Flight, 22-May-15 : The S-97 Raider helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype, performed a successful first flight at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center (DFC). A demonstration tour of the Raider is planned for 2016

PPG Aerospace produces transparencies for the S-97, 25-Mar-15 : PPG Industries aerospace transparencies group produced the transparencies for the S-97 Raider helicopter prototype rolled out by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp

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Engine: 1 x GE T700
Capacity: 2 + 6
Length: (m) 11
Height: (m)
Blades: 6
Rotor diam.: (m) 10
Disc area: (m2)
Weight: (kgs)     Max: 5000
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 405     Max: 440
Range: (km) 570
Ceiling: (m) 3000
Rate/Climb: (m/min)


SB-1 Defiant 2017 Sikorsky teamed Boeing for the US Army Joint Multi-Role (JMR) / Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme. Main contender will be Bell V-280 Valor ...


From Organisation with model s-97 Raider

Construction Numbers on database of s-97 Raider or its versions


Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NBuilt asYearHistory
mockup US mockup : 27feb14 pictured (pic1) at Heli Expo 2014
23feb/01Mar 2015 pictured (pic2) on display at the Hon+
97-0001 2014 US N971SK : Sikorsky S-97 prototype pictured (pic1) first unveil 02+
22may15 pictured (pic2) on First Flight at Sikorsky Dev+
97-0002 2015 US N972SK : 12oct15 pictured at AUSA 2015, Washington DC
3 C/N.

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