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


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)

Derivatives & Versions

SB-1 Defiant 2018 Sikorsky teamed Boeing for the US Army Joint Multi-Role (JMR) / Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme. Main contender will be Bell V-280 Valor ...

List of Operators of Sikorsky S-97 Raider

From Organisation with model S-97 Raider

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


Construction Numbers

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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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