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Structures: Aurora (Va., Miss.); Cytec

(Calif., N.Y.); East/West Industries (N.Y.); Fischer (Germany); Hexcel (Conn., Utah); PPG (Calif.); Triumph Group (Wash.).


Avionics Instruments (N.J.); BAE Systems (N.Y.); Eaton (Miss.); Esterline Control Systems (Calif., Ill., Wash.); Garmin (Kan.); Goodrich (Fla., Minn.); Hamilton Sundstrand (Conn.); Honeywell (Ariz.); Lockheed Martin (N.Y.); Northrop Grumman (Calif.).

Propulsion: Ametek (N.Y.); Ducommun

(N.Y.); Eaton (Mich.); General Electric (Mass.); Honeywell (Ariz.); Liquid Measurement Systems (Vt.); Meggitt­USA (Ga., Calif.); Spectrum (Conn.); TIGHITCO (Conn.).

Rotors and

advanced aerospace products and technologies,” said Doug Shidler, Sikorsky’s RAIDER pro­ gram manager. “Product maturi­ ty will enable Sikorsky to demon­ strate the RAIDER helicopter’s flight and aerodynamic perform­ ance in a simulated military envi­ ronment starting in 2014, and ultimately bring X2­designed hel­ icopters to future customers quickly and at a very affordable price.”

The majority of the RAIDER team members are U.S.­based companies from 20 states. The RAIDER aircraft program

transmission: Emerson­McGill (Ind.); Fatigue Technology (Wash.); FAG Canada; Goodrich (N.Y.); Hamilton Sundstrand (Conn., Ill.); Kamatics (Conn.); LORD Corp. (Pa.); Pankl Aerospace (Calif.); Parker Aerospace (Calif., Ga.); Schultz (Calif.); SIFCO (Ohio); Triumph Group (Utah, Mich.).


Cytec (Calif., N.Y.);Eagle Aviation Technologies (Va.); Hexcel (Conn., Utah); Rotating Composites (Conn.).


follows Sikorsky’s successful X2 TECHNOLOGY™ demon­ strator helicopter, which in September 2010 achieved more than 250 knots (287 mph) flight speed, or twice the average cruise speed of a conventional helicopter. The National Aeronautic Association awarded Sikorsky the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy for the achievement, and for its potential as a future rotorcraft technology. Sikorsky will invest about 75 percent of the RAIDER pro­ gram’s expected cost, with suppliers investing about 25 percent.

Like the X2 demonstrator aircraft, the single engine S­97 RAIDER helicopter will feature coaxial counter­rotating main rotors and a pusher propeller to provide cruise speeds up to 220 knots (253 mph) with dash speeds up to 240 knots (276 mph) or higher.

“We anticipate these S­97 RAIDER prototypes will pro­ vide dramatic improvements over conventional helicopters in maneuverability, range, endurance, altitude and hover efficiency — in addition to speed,” said Chris Van Buiten, Vice President of Sikorsky Innovations, the advanced engineering and develop­ ment division of Sikorsky Aircraft that has pioneered the X2 design. “These attrib­ utes of the RAIDER aircraft could very well change the way the U.S. military fights with helicopters.”

While the RAIDER aircraft will showcase the X2 design’s considerable airframe and flight characteristics, its con­ figuration as a light tactical

helicopter will enable Sikorsky to offer the aircraft as a candidate for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout helicopter competition. The U.S. Army is seeking a new air­ craft to replace the OH­58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. With a maximum gross weight of approximately 11,000 lbs, the RAIDER heli­ copter will offer full opera­ tional performance at speeds and altitudes more than twice the capability of today’s light tactical helicopters.

The Raider cockpit will fea­ ture side­by­side seating for two pilots. For armed recon­ naissance and light attack missions, the aircraft can host a variety of sensors and exter­ nally­mounted weapons, with the flexibility to carry addi­ tional fuel and ammunition for extended missions. In a light utility or special opera­ tions configuration, the heli­ copter cabin will carry up to six troops.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in aircraft design, manufacture and service. ◆

This press release contains forward­ looking statements concerning oppor­ tunities for development, production and sale of helicopters. Actual results may differ materially from those pro­ jected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procure­ ment priorities and practices, budget plans, availability of funding and in the type and number of aircraft required; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.


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