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.