The S-97 Raider—Sikorsky new attack helicopter—is out and it is not only gorgeous. It's absolutely badass. It is based in the same technology as their X2 technology demonstrator, which broke the world helicopter speed record in 2010: 260 knots—that's 299.2mph (481.5km/h) vs the 172mph of conventional helicopters.
Helicopters are great and all, but they've got one serious flaw. They're slow as hell, and that makes them easy to shoot down. So welcome the latest attempt at fixing that problem, the Sikorsky S-97 Raider. And it's sleek and black and mean and it goes like a bat. A very angry bat.
The Sikorsky CH-53 line of heavy-lift helicopters have been dutifully serving the US Marine Corps since the mid-1960s and even the most recent iteration of the venerable Stallion line is about ready to be put out to pasture. But Sikorsky has a new powerhouse waiting in the wings.
By the end of WWII, the basics of helicopter technology as we know it had generally been worked out—and we'd begun to reach the aircraft's physical limitations. For the US Air Force, the solution to the issue running up against these performance walls was simple: Combine the best parts of a helicopter and jet…
A team from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is hoping to take to the skies in their human-powered helicopter tomorrow.
This video shows the Sikorsky X2 breaking the world's helicopter speed record: 260 knots—that's 299.2mph vs the 172mph of conventional helicopters. Bonus: The video shows their X2 Light Tactical Helicopter too.
Here's the Sikorsky X2, a prototype helicopter with three blades that is set to fly at the end of the year at 287mph. That's 240 knots versus the usual 170kt of conventional choppers. We saw the idea a while ago and, after some cancellations of the program by the military, Sikorsky is now building it on their own. To…