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Raider-X: Sikorsky’s Supersized S-97 For Army Scout

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Sikorsky says their Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft design will fly faster, with bigger weapons, than archrival Bell’s. Bell says theirs will be cheaper and more reliable.

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Sikorsky Be Nimble: S-97 Raider Shows Off For Army FARA

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Flying sideways, backwards, in pirouettes, and in a markedly quiet stealth mode, the hybrid helicopter-turboprop demonstrated the maneuverability the Army considers essential to survive high-tech future battles with Russia or China.

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Sikorsky: S-97 Raider Is Safe At Any Speed

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The company is confident that there is no inherent flaw in the design. Instead, they say, there was a software error that would have hamstrung any aircraft — and that error won’t happen again.

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FARA: Why AVX Has A Shot At Army Scout

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Dark horse design house AVX has never built a complete aircraft. The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competition just might change that.

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FARA: Army Awards 5 Design Contracts; Winner Enters Production in 2028

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Awards for Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft designs went to Bell, Boeing, Karem, Sikorsky, and a partnership of AVX and L-3.

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Baby Steps For Defiant As Army Accelerates FVL

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The Sikorsky-Boeing super-copter has just over an hour of flight time, but the Army says it has all the data it needs to accelerate the program. How?

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300, 200, 100: V-280 Valor’s Latest Milestones

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Bell’s prototype tiltrotor keeps pulling ahead of rivals — but the race to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk is far from over.

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SB>1 Defiant Takes Flight: Can It Catch Bell?

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The thing that delayed Defiant, it turns out, is the same thing that makes it really attractive to the Army.

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Defiant Gets Real: Sikorsky & Boeing Unveil SB>1 Super Chopper

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After years of secrecy and CGI, we’re finally getting to see the Sikorsky-Boeing dream team’s SB>1 Defiant ultra-high-speed helicopter in real life. Now they just have to prove it works.

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Future Vertical Lift: SB>1 Defiant Flight Delayed Until Early 2019

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


While Bell’s rival V-280 uses tiltrotor technology, proven in widespread service on the V-22 Osprey since 2007, the Defiant uses Sikorsky’s revolutionary compound helicopter technology, which promises superior agility — but which has only actually flown in two experimental aircraft, the X2 and S-97 Raider, both of which are much smaller than Defiant.

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