Aurora Flight Sciences have delivered the first composite fuselage structure to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. for final assembly.
The aircraft is the progression of the X-2 demonstrator, a coaxial pusher arrangement that has set an unofficial speed record for a helicopter of 250kts in level flight.
Sikorsky are pitching the S-97 design for the US Army’s Armed Aerial Scout project which is searching for a replacement for the ever-eternal OH-58 Kiowa.
More details of what the S-97 programme is intended to deliver can be found on Sikorksy’s site .
The objectives for the programme are ambitious, with Sikorsky sinking a lot of development into the platform to achieve the kind of capabilities they are targeting.
Given this is a UK focussed web site, what does the S97 technology and US forces ongoing rotary innovation programme?