Paris 2011: General Electric Joins Sikorsky S-97 Raider Team
Sikorsky and General Electric have signed a teaming agreement under which GE Aviation will provide CT7-8 engines for Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider prototype development program. The Raider is a high-speed, high-agility next-generation helicopter drawing on the company’s X2 technology, and which is aimed at providing an armed aerial scout for the U.S. Army, among other applications. Sikorsky and General Electric have enjoyed a long and fruitful airframe/engine supplier partnership. The 2,500- to 3,000-shp class CT7-8 is currently used in Sikorsky’s S-92 and MH-60M helicopters.