Work began on the Sikorsky S-97 Raider back in 2010 with a mission to create the world’s most advanced helicopter. With a great emphasis on speed and maneuverability, the S-97 Raider is unlike anything seen before. With a flying speed of over 270 mph, the S-97 Raider is almost twice the speed of other conventional combat helicopters.
“Armament includes seven-round rocket pods with Hellfire missiles and 2.75 in rockets, a .50 caliber machine gun with 500 rounds, and a 7.62 mm gun.”
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Big enough for six passengers and a crew of two the Raider could soon be making its way into military combat zones. Sikorsky has high hopes that the S-97 will move beyond the use for just the army and also make its way to serving the Navy and Marines as well.
The sleek frame has no trouble cutting through the skies and pulls off moves once though impossible for helicopters. It is suited for missions ranging from light attack, close air support, and reconnaissance. As you from this newly revealed footage, the S-97 Raider is going to be a big game changer in the skies.