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S-97 RAIDER Helicopter Continues Assembly

June 21, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. said it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a step toward completing the assembly of the new, light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology.

According to a company release, the key milestone on the first of two aircraft planned to be built in the RAIDER program took place May 28, at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center where the aircraft is being assembled. The successful powering on means that the cockpit multifunction displays and control display unit (CDU) are operational, as are the CDU controlled electronic circuit breakers. The aircraft will undergo electrical power and avionics Acceptance Test Procedures (ATPs) for the next several weeks, to complete the checkout of the remaining avionics, electrical, and flight control systems.

Sikorsky added that the aircraft is about halfway through the assembly process, with several key components in production and scheduled to be installed in the next few months.

"This is next-generation rotorcraft taking shape, with an aggressive schedule for getting air under the tires of the first RAIDER helicopter before the end of the year," said Mark Miller, vice president of Research & Engineering. "We are making great progress, and in the meantime are keeping our interested customers keenly aware of the exceptional performance that this aircraft will bring. We are really looking forward to showing its value to the U.S. military."

The RAIDER is targeted to fly by the end of 2014. Sikorsky said it plans to demonstrate the aircraft's capabilities to the U.S. military beginning in 2015.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a company focused on helicopter design, manufacture, and service.

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