The competition to be the next Army helicopter is heating up. On June 20th, Sikorsky's S-97 Raider once again took flight completing a 90-minute demonstration, the first since an August 2017 crash caused by flight software errors grounded the program

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Editor’s Note: This article by Brendan McGarry originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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In a rollout ceremony last week, Sikorsky revealed the finished prototype of its new light helicopter design, the S-97 Raider. The Raider is a radical departure from most other American military helicopters, featuring a co-axial rotor design featured on Russian helicopters like the KA-50 Black Shark, as well as a compound helicopter pusher rotor reminiscent of the Army’s canceled AH-56 Cheyenne gunship project from the 1970s.

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