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Sikorsky Announces Supplier Team for S-97 RAIDER™ Helicopter Program


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a sub­ sidiary of United Technologies Corp. has selected 35 compa­ nies to join its team assembling two prototype S­97 RAIDER™ helicopters for evaluation by the U.S. military. Self­funded by Sikorsky and its team mem­ bers, the RAIDER program will demonstrate the military appli­ cations of Sikorsky’s break­ through X2™ rotorcraft design,


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which proved its capability in 2010 to double the cruise speed of conventional helicopters. Sikorsky announced its sup­ plier team during the Association of the United States Army’s ILW Aviation Symposium and Exposition, National Harbor, Md.


“As designer and integrator of a next­generation light tacti­ cal helicopter capable of out­ performing conventional heli­ copters in almost every per­ formance parameter, it was imperative we chose our sup­ pliers for the maturity of their


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