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
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
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.