Hard landing: how new US S-97 military chopper failed to impress

The US high-speed reconnaissance helicopter S-97 Raider of Sikorsky Aircraft made a hard landing during a recent test flight. The development of the fifth generation helicopter has been ongoing since 2008 and has cost over $200 million. Is the cost and effort justified in this far from perfect new aviation project?

The timing of the release of the S-97 keeps getting postponed and it is not clear when it will be finally put into production. But one thing is clear: the recent test flight has pushed the production date further away.

During the test flight at a Florida airfield, Sikorsky Aircraft’s multipurpose high-speed reconnaissance helicopter S-97 Raider began to drastically lose altitude and performed a hard landing. At the time of the accident the chassis of the helicopter were closed.

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