Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino on Wednesday unveiled the S-97 “X2 Raider,” a light tactical helicopter based on the coaxial X2 design. The X2 demonstrator topped 250 knots (288 mph) in a September flight test, setting a new record. Sikorsky will build two S-97 prototypes for the U.S. Army’s light armed reconnaissance mission. The manufacturer submitted an X2 design for the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) in March. Preliminary design review for the X2 Raider is scheduled to take place in 2011, with first flight projected in late 2014.
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