Trying to convince the United States to take military control of S-97 Raider as a candidate Kiowa Warrior, Sikorsky Aircraft Company led an exemplary new helicopter price of $ 15 million, which is fully correlated with the range of prices ($ 13-15 million), embedded in the program to create a Pentagon intelligence attack helicopter, the latest generation (AAS).
Build 2-S-97 prototype began late last year and will be completed in the midst of 2013. First flight Raider held in 2104. Sikorsky Aircraft has already begun marketing company Raider, whose main aim is to convince the Pentagon that hybrid technologies are not exotic, but completely real. Speaking at «Heli-Expo v2013» Las Vegas, CEO Mick Maurer said that programm AAS markedly progressed and instills confidence in the possibility of the practical use of technology demonstrator X2.
Previously it was thought that the price of the 1st S-97 could reach $ 30-40 million, but the development of technology-wire control, active vibration suppression and production of rigid blades allows the company to greatly lower the price of each helicopter. According to the developers, S-97 will be able to reach speeds of over 460 km / h, and the greatest range can reach 1,300 km. The structure will include weapons or anti-tank blocks NUR Hellfire, also movable turret with a 12.7mm M2HB with 500 rounds ammunition.