Maiden flight of first A400M for Malaysia
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced the start of bladed ground testing, a major milestone, for the S-97 Raider programme. The Raider is an armed reconnaissance rotorcraft designed to significantly outmatch conventional military helicopters in manoeuvrability, payload, speed, range and high/hot environmental conditions.
“Testing all of the aircraft’s systems together, for the first time, marks significant progress in the development of this next generation helicopter and moves the program closer to first flight,” said S-97 Raider Programme Manager Mark Hammond.
During the ground runs phase, the S-97 Raider team is testing the first of two aircraft prototypes as a completed system for
The first of four Airbus Defence and Space A400M new generation airlifters ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force has made its successful maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards delivery.
The aircraft, known as MSN22, took off from Seville, Spain, on January 30 at 17:30 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site 1 hours 30 minutes later.