As Sikorsky looks forward to the pending merger with Lockheed Martin, two advanced rotorcraft programs are progressing at pace. The high-speed S-97 Raider has flown a second time, while the systems integration laboratory (SIL) for the SB-1 Defiant rigid coaxial-rotor compound helicopter – for the US Army Joint Multi Role (JMR) program for which Sikorsky has teamed with Boeing - will fire up this year. The first Raider prototype completed a 1.2-hr. second flight on Sept. 29 at ...

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