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Sikorsky powers up S-97 Raider helicopter

17 June 2014

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) subsidiary 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 major step toward completing the assembly of the new and first light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology.

The key milestone on the first of two aircraft planned to be built in the Raider program took place May 28, 2014, 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.

The Raider is targeted to fly by the end of 2014. Sikorsky plans to demonstrate the aircraft´s capabilities to the US military beginning in 2015.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries. Find out more at


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