Sikorsky Unveils Helicopter Concept for Army’s Future Reconnaissance Aircraft Program


Jeff Brody

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Sikorsky subsidiary has introduced a helicopter prototype for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.

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RAIDER X is a compound coaxial aircraft under Skiorsky’s X2 product line and designed to operate at a speed of more than 250 knots at an altitude of beyond 9K feet, Lockheed said Monday.

The concept is intended to support low- and high-speed maneuvers and will include an open-architecture avionics technology with plug-and-play features to support sensors, weapons and computing systems.

According to Lockheed, the aircraft will also employ predictive maintenance and self-monitoring tools.

Sikorsky President Dan Schultz said RAIDER X is the result of decades of development and reflects the commitment of the helicopter manufacturer to help the Army perform missions.

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