The US Army’s Breathtaking Future Vertical Lift Program Will Redefine Modern Warfare

Future Vertical Lift Program's engineers are designing best-in-class helicopters with innovative designs to change modern warfare.
S-97 Raider presentation

The US Army regularly modernizes its weapon inventory by integrating the latest technological innovations. These comprise a fully equipped scout helicopter and an attack helicopter. These developments are an essential component of the Army’s Future Vertical Lift program

The Future Vertical Lift Program will enhanced military helicopters for future combat scenarios by boosting their efficiency, power, maneuverability, and survivability. The program has 2 main segments, comprising Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Recon Aircraft (FARA). 

Role of future long-range assault aircraft

Raider S-97. One of the key assets of the Future Vertical Lift Program
Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky S-97 “RAIDER by Robert Sullivan. Public Domain

Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (or FLRAA) will provide unmatched power projection, heightened speed, massive range, payload, and mobility to the US Armed Force helicopters. Likewise, it will give pilots extended-range and elevated-speed options that will help them survive in the most challenging battlefield conditions.

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Role of future attack recon aircraft

Sikorsky S 97 Raider DownRSide
Sikorsky S-97 Raider by Valder137, licensed under CC by 2.0

Future Attack Recon Aircraft (FARA ) will deliver maximum performance by never before seen detection of targets, endurance, and operating range. 

The military has 3of the most revolutionary helicopter manufacturing companies, including Sikorsky, Bell, and Boeing. For example, the Sikorsky S-97 Raider and the Raider X performed extremely well in early flight tests.

Sikorsky S-97 Raider

Sikorsky S 97 RAIDER developed from Sikorsky X2
Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER by Robert Sullivan. Public Domain

Sikorsky Aircraft Company delivered the Sikorsky S-97 Raider, a future generation light tactical helicopter.  This helicopter attacks and transports troops and can make quick reconnaissance maneuvers. 

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The company designed this helicopter for speed and having a wide range of external ammunition. It features the X2 technology, which made considerable enhancements in weight and vibration reduction along with advancesin the way a helicopter can fly. 

The undercarriage of the S-97 Raider has a stealthier profile. The targeting and tracking approaches include automated fly-by-wire controls for precise handling. Additionally, the helicopter features autonomous flight abilities along with a typical operating crew of 2 pilots.

S-97 Raider flies at 220 knots (250 mph) and it has 350 miles of operational range, which makes it a very versatile aircraft.

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Raider X

Sikorsky S 97 RAIDER final flight
Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky S-97 “RAIDER by Robert Sullivan. Public Domain

The Raider X features Sikorsky’s compound coaxial rotor and it is specially designed for the FARA’s prototype. Its high speed, agility, and survivability will give the US with the fastest helicopter. This ingenious control system and advanced design will make it a tough opponent on the future battlefield. 

Future Raider X’s X2 technology handles the aircraft’s increased performance. Also, its high-tech structure and manufacturing techniques will trim down maintenance expenses and enable fast future upgrades. 

The innovative design of the Sikorsky S-97 Raider and Raider X

Sikorsky S 97 flying
Sikorsky S-97 “RAIDER by Robert Sullivan. Public Domain.

The creative digital designs of Sikorsky S-97 Raider and Raider X will make them the best fighting helicopters. These aircraft have unique designs, which makes it easy for them to:

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  • high maneuverability even at a low speed
  • high turn rate
  • efficiency of their main rotor
  • allows pilots to acquire targets in challenging terrains
  • go in the “Whisper Flight Mode”

Future Vertical Lift Program will propel the US’s aviation through Its digitally advanced war rotorcraft   

The US Army’s Future Vertical Lift program aims to create aircraft that integrates the advanced features of today’s helicopters and add the latest technologies to ensure these helicopters will be awesome weapons.

With helicopters such as the Raider X and the Sikorsky S- 97 Raider, the limitations of current air warfare are being changed as these helicopters will deliver speeds never seen before and will carry state-of-the-art weapons and technologies that haven’t yet been seen.


Featured image credit: Sikorsky S-97 “RAIDER” by Robert Sullivan. Public domain.

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