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S-97 RAIDER™ Rolls Out with Aurora Designed and Built Airframe

S-97 RAIDER™ Rolls Out
Aurora Designed and Built Airframe

The S-97 RAIDER™ was unveiled October 2, 2014 by Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

Designed to be the fastest production helicopter ever made and delivering revolutionary capabilities, it features an airframe designed and built by Aurora Flight Sciences.

Aurora’s role on the project began in 2011 with selection to be the design and build partner for the complete fuselage and empennage. Starting from Sikorsky’s concept design, Aurora performed preliminary and detail design and analysis culminating in the Critical Design Review in August 2012. Aurora delivered the first fuselage assembly and tested beyond critical flight loads in September 2013 in support of Sikorsky’s aggressive development timeline.

The S-97 RAIDER airframe, fabricated in Bridgeport, West Virginia, is 70% composite (by weight) and comprised of over 1,000 custom detail components in six major primary and secondary structure assemblies.

Congratulations to Sikorsky Aircraft who we look forward to supporting by building hundreds more of these revolutionary helicopters and to the Aurora S-97 Production Team.

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