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
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