Sikorsky Selects Hexcel's Composite Materials for S-97 RAIDER Helicopter Program

january 23 2012

Sikorsky Aircraft, has selected Hexcel as a member of a newly-formed team that is building a next-generation helicopter – designated the S-97 RAIDER helicopter – for evaluation by the U.S. military. Hexcel's HexPly prepregs and HexWeb honeycomb core composite technologies will provide high strength and light weight properties to the aircraft's structure and blades.

Hexcel is among 35 companies nationwide announced as preferred suppliers by Sikorsky, January 12, during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Aviation symposium at National Harbor, Md., near Washington, DC.

"Sikorsky selected Hexcel's advanced technologies, products and services because they are proven and mature," said Mike Canario, Hexcel VP and General Manager for the Americas. "We are committed to engineering excellence in both military and commercial aerospace applications by providing our partners, like Sikorsky, products with superior toughness and strength without the added weight of alternative materials."

Sikorsky and its team suppliers are self-funding the design and manufacture of two S-97 RAIDER prototype aircraft for flight evaluation by the U.S. military. The program is currently in the advanced design stage. Sikorsky expects to achieve first flight in 2014.

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