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Sikorsky unveils Raider X light attack compound coaxial helicopter

• by David Szondy

At the annual conference of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington DC, the Lockheed-Martin-owned company took the wraps off its entrant in the Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program, which is also being contested by Bell, AVX Aircraft, Boeing, and Karem Aircraft. Like the other competitors, the purpose of the Raider X is to provide the US Army with a light combat helicopter for recon missions and to escort the insertion of special forces behind enemy lines. Based on Sikorsky's X2 demonstrator helicopter, the Raider X is a coaxial rotorcraft with counter-rotating fixed rotors and a stern-mounted push propeller.

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